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]] A Quiet Place (2018) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Don't Mind Me Now on 2018-04-09 04:20:53.



Don't Mind Me Now said:
This is definitely a complicated case due to the film's subject material. Anyone familiar with the premise of the film knows that the ability to converse is highly suppressed by the presence of man-eating monsters with hypersensitive hearing. Thus, the majority of conversations are limited to sign language or in loud locations (such as near a rushing river or waterfall). With that in mind, we'll excuse the fact that ALL of the characters are unnamed outside of the credits as reasonable artistic license - characters in this situation wouldn't realistically go out of their way to bluntly state each other's names. THAT SAID, although the movie does have a positive female empowerment angle (and would make an interesting subject for a gender studies analysis), the movie doesn't pass Bechdel. Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and her daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds) only directly interact with each other in one scene, and while their communication is about the monsters (not men), it only occurs through generic gestures rather than spoken or sign language. In contrast, both of these characters had fully-formed conversations with the film's male characters using sign and (in Evelyn's case) spoken language. It's dubious, but since the film doesn't provide a scenario where the two characters have a true linguistic interaction in spite of the possibility of doing so, I would argue it ultimately fails Bechdel.
Message posted on 2018-04-09 04:20:53
Brian said:
Well said. This is a unique case, but Regan and Evelyn never directly have a conversation alone.
Message posted on 2018-04-30 00:57:13
Adam said:
It certainly fails, but does so very admirably. The previous comment lays out very clearly why it fails. It just goes to show that the Bechdel test isn't perfect, and that not all films that fail are in any way anti-feminist. When none of the characters in a movie are named, there's no chance of passing, and that's that.
Message posted on 2018-04-30 19:25:49
Drew Olds disagreed with the rating and said:
I completely disagree.

The two female leads do interact with one another about things other than men in instances in which communication is very clear.

More importantly, their relationship toward one another is complex and fleshed out.

They do not use spoken words for obvious reasons (monsters would kill them and one of them is deaf).

They don't use sign language because they both have their hands full (of objects which they're using to fight the monsters).

No one in the film has a name (outside of the credits sequence). For obvious reasons, that requirement should be waived.

If this film does not pass the Bechdel test, then it is a clear failure of the Bechdel test.
Message posted on 2018-10-02 17:17:37

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