Bechdel Test Movie List

/bech·del test/ n.
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

[[3]] The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by max on 2014-08-12 19:14:06.



nike said:
seconded! For instance, Mme Mallory and Marguerite talk about the berries the latter picked.
Message posted on 2014-08-14 21:07:08
Carolyn Steinhaus said:
I enjoyed many things about this movie - feminist or not. The relationship between the older man and woman (both restaurant owners) was deliciously feminist -- a strong woman, a peer-like relationship, interesting struggles & meeting, funny, etc.
Can't say the same for the younger people. The career focus is primarily on the male though it starts with pleasant peer like fun between them. Their relationship & partnership seems almost to come out of nowhere at the end -- as if her looks were all that mattered? She comes off a bit two-dimensional & unsympathetic except that he chooses her ….anyway.
Message posted on 2014-09-07 16:48:25
Travis said:
I just wanted to disagree with Carolyn's sentiment about the younger set's relationship, I thought that the young man essentially had a mentor in the young woman before sort of graduating on to be Helen Mirren's protegee before going off to Paris. While her role wasn't exceptionally fleshed out (I got the impression there was more about her and the other towns folk like the mayor etc in the book maybe) she was constructed as considerably more educated and accomplished than he was when they met, I don't think it was just about her looks.
Message posted on 2014-10-23 06:15:49
Katrin said:
I just saw the movie and am quite disappointed. I think it failed the Bechdel test in spirit. Yes, there are two (but not more) women with names, and indeed there is one tiny conversation between them (when the restaurant owner sends the sous-chef to the market - the "conversation" is not about men. However, the female characters are nonetheless all clichés (stoic older women, softening in the end; young pretty French woman with cutely knotted bandana in her hair, rather than chef's head.
Message posted on 2014-10-26 01:13:30

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