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]] The Terminator (1984) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Job on 2010-08-01 13:08:15.



mgl said:
Sarah asks Ginger if she's seen her pet lizard. Ginger responds that she hasn't and asks if Sarah has checked their messages. (They then check messages and Sarah finds out her date is canceled, but the original conversation is about the pet. Don't know if that counts.)
Message posted on 2010-11-07 02:43:58
Fido said:
The conversation with Ginger counts. They never talk specifically about a man, only a lizard and an answering machine.
Message posted on 2011-01-09 14:46:42
Jeffix said:
And then there are also the conversations between Sarah and her colleague (e.g. after Sarah dropped a plate or when her colleague shows her the news about the murders on TV).
Message posted on 2011-01-13 13:45:44
decius said:
Sarah clearly has conversations, with Ginger, about stuff other than Matt.
Message posted on 2011-05-22 03:29:25
Marie said:
Sarah's conversations with Ginger aren't just about Matt. They're also about "Dan."

That said, Sarah does have some brief exchanges with some of her fellow waitresses.
Message posted on 2011-05-25 23:29:43
Bill said:
Which man are they talking about and why? I think if Sarah is concerned about a man dating wise, that could be sexist. If she's concerned about the man trying to kill her that's a different kettle of fish. Also, does the terminator count as a man? What about John Connor, her son?
Message posted on 2012-08-28 01:15:10
A said:
This passes 3/3. Not sure what the controversy is. Sarah and Ginger do talk about the pet lizard. Also, when Sarah gets stood up by her date, she and Ginger discuss what Sarah will do instead - go to the movies.
Message posted on 2014-04-09 06:19:13
neil (webmaster) said:
I've updated the rating from 2/3 to 3/3.
Message posted on 2014-04-10 19:39:27
Rachel said:
"Which man are they talking about and why?"
This is an interesting question in more general discussions, but doesn't impact a Bechdel ranking. They need to talk about something other than a man, be that a romantic interest, relative, arch-enemy, etc.

And I could see the counterargument, but I would call the Terminator a man for this purpose.
Message posted on 2016-02-21 10:19:12

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