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]] Starship Troopers (1997) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by neil on 2008-07-30 22:25:17.



Billy McKenna said:
This film passes the bechdel test many times over, and is refreshingly gender neutral. Managing to have complex female characters in positions of authority without drawing it to attention for a pat on the head, making it seem very natural. At no point in this film does a male character suggest his female commander is inferior because she's a woman and then get proven wrong, a trope, I'm sorry to say is used far to often by films trying to be pro-'gender equality'. This film manages to have feminine soldiers on an equal footing with men without reducing the male characters to simpering wimps or treating sex as a taboo. This film, contains nudity (of both genders), flirting, and a lot of sexual tension between various characters. It is unapologetic in portraying men with an active lustful sexuality and that is genuinely great. It's rare to have a film with such strong female characters that isn't a piece of misandristic man-hating neo-feminist crap.
Message posted on 2012-11-22 12:29:26
Antonio disagreed with the rating and said:
Although there are named female characters in this movie, they never talk to each other. There are very few one-on-one interactions in this movie, and most of them are between two men.
Message posted on 2016-02-02 00:14:04
SimianNinjew said:
Captain Deladier and Ibanez have several interactions (albeit brief ones) where they are not discussing a man. Also, Dizzy has a brief interaction with Corporal Birdie on joining the Roughnecks where she asks "Where else have you been besides Big K?"

The test doesn't specify a required length to the conversation, so this is definitely still a pass.
Message posted on 2016-06-19 05:22:18
mat said:
Dizzy and Carmen Ibanez greet each other at one point too. It's true that there are a lot of males (soldiers) in this film but the few female characters occupy positions of authority and seem to be treated in exactly the same way as the men - Capt. Deladier is Ibanez's superior, the failed general in Geneva is replaced by a woman, males and females even shower in a common space without embarrassment, strikingly. Answering Billy McKenna's remark, I think there is a point where "a male character suggest(s) his female commander is inferior because she's a woman and then get(s) proven wrong: Dizzy's male co-pilot, who is charged with training her, questions her possibly having improved the flight route but he is proved wrong by the computer.
Message posted on 2021-05-09 08:00:12

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