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]] Ratatouille (2007) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by neil on 2008-07-19 00:00:00.



Kalani said:
There is the old woman at the beginning, so there are two women in the movie. Granted, she doesn't have a lot of lines, but she takes up a lot of screen time at a key plot twist.
Message posted on 2010-05-26 21:01:27
RedUnderTheBed said:
Granny ain't got no name
Message posted on 2010-06-11 07:41:28
Perfectly Idiomatic said:
Leclair, the critic who first likes the soup, is another named female character.
Message posted on 2012-04-20 13:14:16
Gunbun said:
There's Leclair, and Collette... also, Linguini's mother (Renata) is mentioned.
Message posted on 2012-08-18 09:31:22
Meredith said:
Collette is definitely a named female character, that cannot be disputed. However, I do believe that Linguini's mother, Renata, must be counted as well. She is mentioned repeatedly by name and is central to the plot. I think this movie passes the first test.
Message posted on 2012-10-20 02:23:35
Hayley said:
Collette is definitely a female character, and a great one at that. But Ratatouille should pass the first test at least. I'm not sure Linguini's mother Renata should count, since she's never actually present on screen. But as the other commenters mentioned, there is a food critic, Solene Leclair, who is named, present on screen, and even has a line (although only one word). She definitely counts.
Message posted on 2013-08-28 21:07:55
Linus said:
Agree with Hayley. Deserves to pass 1 out of 3 for Solene Leclair and Colette.
Message posted on 2015-03-04 00:14:14
Alexandre said:
Colette is a strong, mostly badass woman. Too bad she never speaks with other women in the movie. The only other named female character who actually appears in the movie is Solene Leclair (Renata Linguini does not count, in my opinion). Therefore, it does pass the first test.
Message posted on 2015-06-21 04:34:56
neil (webmaster) said:
I've updated the rating from 0/3 to 1/3.
Message posted on 2015-06-21 20:47:19
Robert said:
I think there should be a "Colette point" bonus point in the Bechdel system for moments like Colette's where she explains succinctly why she's the only female there.

"How many women do you see in this kitchen?"
"Only me, why do you think that is?"
"Because haute cuisine is an antiquated hierarchy built upon rules written by stupid old men. Rules designed to make it impossible for women to enter this world."
Message posted on 2019-01-14 14:10:11
Bobby disagreed with the rating and said:
This test is one of the dumbest things I've ever had the displeasure of seeing.

In what world does Colette get a "point" for pretty much having a,Reeeeeee the patriarchy,moment.
Message posted on 2021-05-01 05:46:42
Grace said:
@Robert, I agree. I think that not including more women-identified characters was a choice on the part of Pixar to reflect a problem within the culinary industry, and Colette perfectly explains what the problem is and why it is there. If this test is meant to act as a strike against sexist filmmakers, I don't believe that Ratatouille should suffer for what was clearly a conscious choice made without ignorance.
Message posted on 2021-12-02 05:26:30

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