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]] The Shape of Water (2017) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Don't Mind Me Now on 2017-12-19 00:59:52.



Don't Mind Me Now said:
In Zelda's first scene, when she allows Elisa to punch in in front of her, Yolanda chastises her, and Zelda responds by claiming she was saving Elisa's spot, leading to a short argument.
Message posted on 2017-12-19 00:59:52
jamescb2 said:
The rules specifically say "talk", so does sign language count? If so, Zelda and Elisa talk constantly. And is the creature technically a man because he has a penis? If so, then a lot of the movie is talking about him, or their boss. (Obviously sign language is still talking, just trying to debate, but I find it funny how technically borderline both situations are.
Message posted on 2018-03-19 06:18:44
Karto said:
Sign language counts! There's nothing in the rules about what language the two named women need to speak.
Message posted on 2018-05-08 11:31:16
1010 disagreed with the rating and said:
Hell no, this movie do not pass the test, both females characters establish a communication, one through sign language, the other woman can speak. They do talk about men, if you count the creature as a male and also Zelda (Octavia Spencer) talk about her husband and their marriage.
Message posted on 2018-05-18 01:51:16
Joseph Chastain said:
It doesn’t matter if they DO talk about men. If they have one conversation not about a man, the movie passes
Message posted on 2018-06-03 10:11:28
mbvklc said:
If you think this movie doesn't pass only because Elisa uses sign language, you're probably ableistic asshole and you need to rethink your approach to the whole social justice thing.
Message posted on 2018-12-15 13:34:01

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