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 Theory of Everything (2014) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by Javascap on 2014-12-08 18:24:15.



Javascap said:
Jane and her mother talk about Jane joining the Church choir, Jane and Stephen's mother talk about Jane's academics in college.
Message posted on 2014-12-08 18:24:15
Noelle disagreed with the rating and said:
Jane's and Stephen's mother were never named so there was never a conversation between named women where men weren't mentioned.
Message posted on 2014-12-18 06:19:55
Lauren said:
I forget if this movie passes the test based on scenes. However, I want to point out that the entire film is about a love story and about a strong yet failed marriage (oxymoron, I know, but I think that describes the marriage perfectly). It makes sense that Jane spends most of her time thinking and talking about Stephen and Charlie and her kids also for Stephen to discuss (as much as he physically can) Jane, Elaine, and the family.
Message posted on 2015-01-08 18:36:47
Maddie said:
Jane's mother is named; Beryl Wilde (in the credits and I think Jane's father may say it at one point).
Message posted on 2015-01-17 01:28:53
a said:
I just watched it with the subtitles on the whole time and definitely would have noticed the name "Beryl" if it had been mentioned.

Jane asks Elaine if she can take her coat. Of course, the only reason Elaine is at Jane's house is because of Stephen. It's dubious.
Message posted on 2015-05-13 05:12:01
A disagreed with the rating and said:
I don't believe that it passes the test. When Jane is having the conversation a about her college academics, she is also talking to Stephen's (Steven'?) Father.
Message posted on 2015-07-23 20:51:23
kobe8 said:
They are talking about her child in a scene if he/she is hers or not.
Message posted on 2015-08-17 17:11:33
Ally disagreed with the rating and said:
Dubious because...
Jane's chat with her mum is about "going to choir practice"... From he point of view of the character's motivation she's asking her to spend time away from Stephen. From a plot point of view this simply allows us to put her in front of the next boy she needs to fret about fancying.

Sure, IRL she met Jonathan and now they're married so a version of this is truthful but purely judged as a movie this is a conversation about her marriage and her mum dispatches her to th next man.
Message posted on 2017-01-13 23:17:04
AURORA disagreed with the rating and said:
The mom character is never named onscreen. I think that convo would pass otherwise, but without a name I don't think it can. All other woman to woman convos are about Stephen. Stephen's mom and Jane share a scene but don't speak to each other.
Message posted on 2019-11-09 03:04:53

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