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]] Furious 7 (2015) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Ryan on 2015-04-03 14:55:30.



Ryan said:
Michelle Rodriguez and Ronda Rousey talk to each other about fighting. Michelle Rodriguez and Nathalie Emmanuel talk to each other about hacking and the drone that is chasing them.
Message posted on 2015-04-03 14:55:30
Kaitune said:
I agree that the movie definitely passes. On a more detail note, although the movie still sexualises women, they also nicely defy the typical gender stereotypes. Letty is shown as a tough fighter and racer who never got questioned on her ability. She is also not sexualised. Even though she has the the typical designated girl-on-girl fight with a female mook, that character is genuinely threatening (she is played by an actual MMA fighter after all), and the fight doesn't look any less impressive than the dude's fights. As for Ramsey, even though she is annoyingly sexualised at some points, she is still a capable hacker who defies the usual hacker-must-be-dude nerd type. The movie even points out this out that it is funny how some of the guys just assume that she must be a dude because she is one of the best hackers.

On the dude side, it is always nice to see tough men like Dom who really emphasises on family value. I could use a lot more guys like him in the mainstream movies who don't think that being a responsible family man is emasculating.
Message posted on 2015-04-06 18:34:47
keira said:
I'm happy to believe that it passes but people should still remember that the film has a LOT of leery shots of women's butts and boobs, nothing of men though. It's a very sexist film, like the rest of F&F movies. Women have virtually no purpose in this.
Message posted on 2015-04-11 14:11:20
Kaitune said:
I agree that the movie (and most racing movies) has a bunch of sexist sexualised portrayal of women. However, I would argue on your point that women have no purpose in the series. The female characters have presences in the movies. At least, when assigned FF7's women to the 'Sexy Lamp' test, the movie also passes as the lasses do more when just waltzing their bodies around. [spoiler] For example, Michelle Rodriguez saved Paul Walker's life with her driving skill. [/spoiler]

It still reenforces the sexualised women tropes, sadly, but I don't think we should ignore some of the good points. I also think the later FF does this a bit less then their earlier films, and some main female characters like Michelle Rodriguez's isn't sexualised at all. It might be wishful-thinking, but it would be nice if the series can move away from the sexist image as FF keeps gaining more heart. So the other racing movies would know they don't need to keep selling women's bodies.
Message posted on 2015-04-15 21:31:23
Cesare said:
In FF, there is a scene that Michelle Rodriguez asked Nathalie Emmanuel that why she trust them even she didn't know them. Then Nathalie described all of them to proof that she knew a lot about Michelle's team.
Message posted on 2015-09-24 05:46:15
Ryan said:
Yeah i agree, it passes. Too bad it was terrible!
Message posted on 2015-12-29 12:16:33

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