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]] What If (2013) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by lebser on 2015-01-27 18:34:04.



lebser said:
All the female characters discuss is the male protagonist and whether or not the female protagonist will bang him or not.
Message posted on 2015-01-27 18:34:05
flash82 said:
watched this the other day. While the original rater is right that the conversations among the female characters mostly focuses on a relationship, this pretty obviously passes the test, albeit narrowly. Two clear examples: At one point the female lead (Chantry) talks to her boss (Holly) about a new job opportunity; the convo lasts for a couple minutes and neither mentions a man. At another point, Chantry talks to Nicole (another named female character) about possible alternate names for Cool Whip--definitely not related to a man.

So, given that there are at least two examples of named female characters talking to each other about something other than a man, this passes the test.
Message posted on 2015-08-24 21:39:06
Cat said:
The talk about chantry's moving to taiwan with the boss holly.
Message posted on 2016-08-26 12:09:02
Bambi said:
I agree with Cat and Flash82, the protagonist Chantry does talk to her boss about work. She later has a conversation with two different female characters about Cool Whip.
Message posted on 2016-09-25 02:06:57
kadybee said:
I agree with flash82, Cat, and Bambi, this film passes all 3 criteria in multiple instances.

As discussed, Chantry talks with her boss Holly about a job opportunity (at first discussing her coworker Josh, but then discussing the job opportunity itself.")
- Chantry: "Holly, honestly, I don't even know if I would enjoy being the project manager."
- Holly: "You get an apartment, car, language lessons, obvious a raise."
This goes back and forth several more lines.

Chantry talks with her sister Dalia.
- Dalia: "Look how pregnant I can make myself look."
- Chantry: "Oh, my God, it kicked!"
- Dalia: "Shut up. I'm going to make you raise it."

In another instance:
- Chantry: "You really think Taiwan's a mistake?"
- Dalia: "Yes, I do. I think you're totally screwing up your life actually."

- Dalia: "I'm never going to Skype."
- Chantry: "Call me tomorrow."

Also, Nicole and Becky have several brief exchanges, including a brief conversation about how Nicole looks for her wedding (which is not directly related to a man).
- Nicole: "I don't need you finger combing my wisps."
- Becky (quietly): "You look pretty."

Also Becky gives the toast and ends it by speaking directly to Nicole.
- Becky: "I love you Nicole."
- Nicole: "Oh. So much fun! You didn't even practice!"

These don't include instances of Chantry talking to her friends (who have names in the credits, but maybe not the movie), or discussions with Nicole and Julianne in group settings.

This pretty clearly passes and should be updated to 3/3.
Message posted on 2018-11-09 00:19:43
neil (webmaster) said:
I've updated the rating from 2/3 to 3/3.
Message posted on 2018-12-13 19:55:43

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