The Bechdel Test, sometimes called the Mo Movie Measure or Bechdel Rule is a simple test which names the following three criteria: (1) it has to have at least two women in it, who (2) who talk to each other, about (3) something besides a man. The test was popularized by Alison Bechdel's comic Dykes to Watch Out For, in a 1985 strip called The Rule. For a nice video introduction to the subject please check out The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies on feministfrequency.com.
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Fewer than two women in this movie
There are two or more women in this movie, but they don't talk to each other
There are two or more women in this movie, but they only talk to each other about a man
There are two or more women in this movie and they talk to each other about something other than a man*
There is a comment for this movie
There are links to reviews available for this movie
* Please keep in mind that a movie scoring a does not mean it is at all "good" or feminist friendly, just that it passes all tests.
If there is an exclamation mark over the icon (eg. ), someone who has left a comment doesn't agree with the rating (and hopefully explains why).
Currently 5347 movies in the database. The five latest additions:
2014-07-31 13:05: Wrong Cops
2014-07-31 00:16: Alpha House
2014-07-31 00:15: The Hobbit: Battle of The Five Armies
2014-07-31 00:13: Aliens in the Attic
2014-07-31 00:09: Blended
The five latest comments were on:
2014-07-31 23:30: The Family
2014-07-31 17:04: Guardians of the Galaxy
2014-07-31 15:44: Blended
2014-07-31 07:30: Queen
2014-07-31 04:05: Godzilla
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For the sake of practicality, I've taken the liberty to read the first criterion as only named female characters counting.
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About the Bechdel test
DTWOF: The Blog about The Rule
Wikipedia: Bechdel test
The Bechdel Test: What It Is, And Why It Matters
TV Tropes Wiki: Bechdels Rule
A New Rating System for Movies
The Dollar-And-Cents Case Against Hollywood's Exclusion of Women
The Female Character Flowchart
Memo to all women: No half for you in Hollywood
Why film schools teach screenwriters not to pass the Bechdel test
Remember when I said they teach you not to write screenplays with women as leads?
Cartoons are more than just entertainment
The 'Bechdel Rule,' Defining Pop-Culture Character
Bechdel and Me
No, Kissing in the Rain Is Not Acceptable
Women & Hollywood
A Feminist Critique of Animation
Women's Studies Database ♀ Film Reviews