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]] Galaxy Quest (1999) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Renee on 2010-07-04 03:26:56.



Elena disagreed with the rating and said:
This is absolutely incorrect.


Gwen, Alex and the others enter, and look around. Laliari is
still in the room, alone. She lights up as they enter.

We're coming too.

Wonderful! The Commander had me continue transmitting in the
hopes you would change your mind. (to Vox) Protector, requesting
six Interstellar pods for immediate departure.

If you're not counting her because she's really a tentacle monster I think you miss the point.

Unfortunately it looks like the only other line on the script between these two characters was cut. :(
Message posted on 2012-02-19 01:06:29
Nate said:
Fail. Laliari is talking about what the Commander told her to do. The Commander is a dude.
Message posted on 2018-03-13 03:53:15
femmeapples disagreed with the rating and said:
Honestly, kind of a mega let-down that Galaxy Quest not only didn't pass the Bechdel, but CUT its pass when filming the movie!
The warehouse scene is probably the closest we really get (2/3), seeing as the fan conversation that Gwen gets at the convention is with "Shy Girl" who asks her if she ever hooked up with the Commander. (The Katelyn in the credits is part of Brandon's crowd asking technical questions at the beginning... smh?)

Elena mentioned the moment earlier - here it is, copy-and-pasted from so that you can imagine the impact this scene would have had
(It would have come right about when the cast realized the stakes and wanted to go back home, before realizing they had no plot choice but to stay):

We have no right to do this. They deserve to know.

Gwen... Gwen, c'mon, wait, no!

Just then the door opens. Laliari enters.

Lt. Madison. The females of the ship have requested your imprint
for archival purposes at the proposed Tawny Madison Institute for
Computer Research.

Gwen looks at Laliari, her eyes softening as she imprints her
hand in a glowing PAD.

The Tawny Madison Institute...

Jason smiles. He knows he's got her.

GWEN (cont'd)
Well... maybe we could stay a LITTLE longer...

She brushes past Jason, and they exit.

>>> just like, think about how much world-building and character-motivation those couple of lines add!
Looking through the deleted scenes on YouTube, I could not find a filmed take of this moment, but I did find Sigourney Weaver's character fake seducing some aliens to mess with them (which is a mild anti-del in my book, so good for them cutting that? I mean they already had her shirt get more and more revealing toward the end...)

Here's what I really want to highlight - in the original Bechdel Test comic "The Rule," the friend who brings up only watching movies where the women talk about something other than a man names the movie.... ALIEN. *The classic Sigourney Weaver sci-fi feminist epic!* I haven't seen Avatar in a while, but it looks like she fairs poor-arguable after a quick read of the comments on this here site. Sigourney Weaver deserves better!

In sum, this should be a 2 out of 3 for the brief exchange in the warehouse, with an honourary Script-del out of respect for Sigourney Weaver & Missi Pyle~
Message posted on 2020-04-22 06:13:54

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