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]] Arrival (2016) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by SaraBC on 2016-11-12 01:37:26.



SaraBC said:
Mom and daughter speaking about various things, although most of the time the idea of Dad is not that far. Kind of peripherical to the main action - strange timeline, I don't want to spoil anything. Daughter named maybe 30 minutes before the end.
Message posted on 2016-11-12 01:37:26
cubby disagreed with the rating and said:
nothing dubious about the rating.

The main character and her daughter have a conversation about her daughter's name in addition to a multitude of other conversations. This movie fully passes
Message posted on 2016-12-06 02:21:30
Ron Dawson said:
I don't think the girl in this movie should count as a "woman." Not because she's a girl, I think young girls are fine to be qualifying parameters; but because the daughter is more of a plot device, or dare I say, and "object." She's no character of substance. Without trying to spoil anything, you could pretty much call her a brief "memory." Not quite sure that should meet the qualifications for "two woman who talk to each other."
Message posted on 2016-12-08 15:31:51
Kelly said:
Can't actually remember when Louise or another female talked to another female, HOWEVER I thought this was a great movie for a female lead who holds her own and is utilized for her intelligence and experience as a linguist. She's not sexualized or spending the movie being pursued or pursuing someone else.
Message posted on 2016-12-13 22:08:46
Papp Ágnes Veronika said:
I think it's a pass - and with flying colours.
I even think Hannah (the daughter) is kind-of-a semi-protagonist, because she takes an inevitable part of the twist in the film.
Message posted on 2016-12-23 16:02:59
Mary said:
Stirring to see a brilliant professional woman at work in her office, explaining things to outsiders. The scenes where she is surrounded by men, men in armor & with guns, also tell us a lot about work life. Interesting to watch them grow to depend on her expertise. Also good to see a woman on screen who is 1) not a hooker, 2) is not forced to smile all the time. Thank you, Amy Adams.
Message posted on 2017-02-01 23:30:27

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