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

[[1]] Chappie (2015) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Grey Kitten on 2015-03-07 00:12:49.



abc said:
There are only two women in the film, both in supporting roles: The 'mommy' of Chapie and the CEO of the weapons company. They never speak to each other.
Message posted on 2015-03-14 23:54:15
Matthew said:
Plus one of the women come be replaced with an angry lamp, so it's a poorly written character to boot.
Message posted on 2015-04-13 13:20:41
pyromosh said:
I agree that the movie fails. But I think this is one of those corner cases where the test doesn't work well.

This wasn't a good film. I'm not defending it's merits as cinema.

But take all the named characters (there are very few) in the movie and diagram their interactions. There is Dev Patel's character at the center. He intereacts with (almost?) everyone in the movie. But nobody else is shown interacting with more than one main character and perhaps some extras.

It's not quite "Cast Away", but it's structured to make the test slightly less meaningful.

Who does Sigourney Weaver's character talk to in the whole movie? The two engineers (Dev Patel and the soldier guy) and that's about it. Who does "mommy" talk to? Chappie (the robot), Dev Patel, and her boyfriend.

Who does the boyfriend of "mommy" interact with? Dev Patel, Chappie, and some extras.

This isn't a movie that made it's female characters shallow, it's a movie that made *everyone* shallow.
Message posted on 2015-06-08 01:28:09
Mihail said:
Yeah, but the whole deal of this test is to test a tendency. So the test succeeds at testing it by making this film fail. It could have been as easy as making the Dev Patel character a girl. There is no good reason to make him a guy. Not saying it has to be a girl. Just pointing out that between to equally random options, they went with a male character, thus confirming a tendency. Chappie fails the test.
Message posted on 2017-12-16 00:39:37

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