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]] Trainwreck (2015) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Trisha Borowicz on 2015-07-15 20:37:53.



Trisha Borowicz said:
Amy talks with Dianna, her boss about work stuff like promotions and story ideas. She also talks with her sister Kim about all kinds of things not related to men, like their father and mother, Kim's family, and their feelings about life and grief. She also talks with her work friend and other random women a bit throughout the movie. It easily passes the Bechtel test.
Message posted on 2015-07-15 20:37:53
Rachel said:
Most of the "work stuff" is about men - they do work at a men's magazine
when she speaks to Kim it's largely about their father, Kim's husband and step-son or Amy's sex life (all male).
Random women don't count unless they're named.
I guess maybe the baby shower scene counts, or when Nikki does get the promotion, even though Amy and Dianna had just been discussing Donald.
Message posted on 2015-07-23 19:30:04
Hans said:
I do agree that it passes, though most of the passes Trish notes above seem to have some tangential relation to men. The article Amy and her boss discuss throughout the movie is about Dr. Conners, and a lot of Amy and her sister's conversation center around family and kids, which is a classic "not technically about men but still about stereotypical gender role" topic that often comes up in discussions like these.
Message posted on 2015-07-25 22:12:49
Lauren said:
I agree with Hans. This movie is great because it totally switches stereotypes about how men and women feel about sex. Amy and her coworker enjoy non-emotional sex with multiple partners, something society often deems as something fashionable for men to do as "players." Aaron and Lebron take traditionally feminine attitudes towards sex and relationships. Every person has a choice of how they live their lives.
Message posted on 2015-07-29 04:25:59
Moya disagreed with the rating and said:
It is no doubt that this film does not pass the Bechdel test. There is no instance where a conversation begins and ends where a male is not interrupting or the topic of a portion of the conversation. With that being said, given the story line and that it shows Amy as having the stereotypical attributes of a male I would still consider it a film of feminist nature while failing the test.
Message posted on 2015-11-04 02:13:08
Neil Hepburn disagreed with the rating and said:
Points should be deducted for overall heteropatriarchal world view. The price of Amy's societal acceptance is to apologise profusely and do a cheerleading dance.
Message posted on 2016-01-04 12:45:07
FunKyChick said:
I agree with this rating and although Amy and her sister do talk about a man, it is their father and the talk is about his health and death. They don't only talk about their relationships with the men they are dating or married to.
Message posted on 2016-04-15 23:35:53
Lizzy Tish disagreed with the rating and said:
Totally fails. All discussions between the sisters is about men, their father, husband and stepson. The work discussion is around the article on Dr Connors or the sports stars. There needs to be another measure ofpositive vs negative m interactions. The majority of the scenes of women together are toxic.
Message posted on 2016-04-17 04:23:39
Aegee said:
In response to people who don't think it passes... it definitely does. Dianna fires Amy, and that conversation involves Donald and the guys. However, afterward, Dianna tells Amy she gave the editor job to Nikki. Nikki says she'll turn it down if Amy wants, Amy says yes, she says she's kidding. Blah blah. The women exchange several lines of dialogue about the promotion, so the rating is definitely correct.
Message posted on 2018-05-26 04:35:58

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