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]] Barbie (2023) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by little_coot on 2023-07-21 14:27:01.



little_coot said:
Plenty of conversations between women not about men :)
Message posted on 2023-07-21 14:27:01
Megan said:
Is Barbie the first movie to fail on the inverse of the Bechdel test? There are plenty of conversations between named male characters but are any of those conversations not related to Barbie? This movie was absolutely brilliant and the commentary on women and the life we live was incredibly thought provoking
Message posted on 2023-07-22 08:49:25
Helena said:
I disagree. I think most conversations in the film have the context of men and so don't really pass. I mean it passes sure but probably just about.
Message posted on 2023-07-24 21:48:10
film_fanatic disagreed with the rating and said:
The movie does not past the 1st test as "Barbie" is the only name attributed to all women in the movie.

Although the 2nd part may be a pass, the 3rd aspect of the test is still questionable and not an undoubtable pass. Without physically going back to the movie its really hard to recall conversations that do not bring up men, which is not necessarily a bad thing since the movie's message relates to feminine vs masculine identity in society.
Message posted on 2023-07-25 04:16:26
Marie said:
I think this movie actually fails a "reverse" Bechdel test, lol. It was great.
Message posted on 2023-07-25 19:34:11
Blyat Russkiy disagreed with the rating and said:
Not enough conversations between men about something other then woman
Message posted on 2023-08-02 04:28:51
NJ said:
film_fanatic's comment ignores all of the movie's human women (such as Gloria, Sasha, and Ruth), plus someone with not enough time to watch the movie again can still watch a trailer for examples of the Barbies talking about subjects other than men (such as the imperfections in Stereotypical Barbie's life).
Message posted on 2023-08-03 18:11:01
Karen said:
I agree with the rating. Gloria (America Ferrera) and her daughter Sasha (Ariana Greenblatt), and Ruth Handler are all women with names who have actual conversations other than Barbie.

I don’t know that Allen or talks to the Kens, or if the names Ken’s talk about things other than Barbie/other women.

The corporate men all talk about Barbie and talk about Ken in relationship to Barbie.

The patriarchy is a gendered thing where they are talking about themselves in relationship to Barbie. The end of the movie is literally about how Ken only defines himself through Barbie, so it is at least in spirit, having the men in the movie revolve around the women in their life.
Message posted on 2023-08-04 02:06:53
Lucie said:
Everyone is forgetting the other women in the movie who aren’t a “Barbie.” Ruth, Gloria, & Sasha.
Message posted on 2023-08-07 19:38:49
jacques said:
seeing a lot of people saying it doesn’t pass cause everyone is called Barbie. I don’t agree with that lol but this movie still passes the test via Barbie’s convo with Sasha:
Message posted on 2023-08-09 22:47:47
Molly said:
film_fanatic, not all the women are named Barbie in the movie. There's Gloria, her daughter Sasha and Ruth Handler. The Barbie movie passes the first part of the test.
Message posted on 2023-09-17 21:38:56
dvilicious said:
This is an obvious pass. Even if there weren't other named characters, the idea that it wouldn't because multiple people have the same name is ridiculous. The test doesn't say "two women with different names."
Message posted on 2023-09-21 15:11:23

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