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

[[2]] Back to the Future (1985) [imdb]

This movie passed 2 of 3 tests. It was entered by neil on 2008-08-09 10:58:44.



Rayman said:
I agree, and this is a good example of the particulars of the test. The named female characters are Lorraine, Linda and Jennifer. Jennifer only appears at the beginning and end and only talks to men. 1985 Lorraine speaks with her daughter Linda but only about Marty, Uncle Joey and George. Younger Lorraine also talks with her girl friends, but what conversation we hear centers around Marty.
Message posted on 2010-07-31 17:34:10
Noxicity said:
But if they talk to each other - though i'ts only about men - souldn't it rated with a 2 of 3?
Message posted on 2010-12-14 00:14:42
Eve said:
Agreed, it passes 2 out of three tests because it has 2 women talking to each other - it's just always about Marty.
Message posted on 2011-06-29 17:55:42
finnw said:
There's also Stella (Lorraine's mother) but she also talks to Lorraine only about Marty.
Message posted on 2011-09-20 15:06:56
A sapient raccoon said:
There are lots of times when two women talk to each other. This movie is 2/3.
Message posted on 2011-12-02 20:03:21
Erin said:
Young Lorraine and her girlfriends are talking about her new dress right before she is accosted by Biff.
Message posted on 2013-08-13 09:24:53
neil (webmaster) said:
I've updated the rating from 1/3 to 2/3.
Message posted on 2014-11-14 16:26:59
Rob T Firefly said:
Regarding Erin's comment about young Lorraine and her friends talking about her dress: that's from Part II, not this movie. Still 2/3.
Message posted on 2015-09-11 21:36:05
truth said:
first of all, just because your retarded feminist test says this movie is a part of the patriarchy doesnt make this movie any less than the amazing, perfectly written movie it is. it can trigger you all you want that a woman didnt talk to another about something besides marty, but please realize this doesnt prove sexism, it proves the movie is focused on the main fucking character (like it should be) rather than passing feminist acceptance. but maybe my logic is just a part of the patriarchy.
Message posted on 2015-12-26 17:48:31
Mizzebill said:
@truth Yes, your “logic“ is part of the patriarchy.
Women HAD to learn right from the start to acknoledge the quality of a movie (or novel) even without a single female character in it.
Message posted on 2018-09-02 18:20:29
Lucas Kasprzak said:
@Mizzebill who should give a flying fuck what's between the legs of characters in a story. If the story has a great plot with interesting characters, dialogue, and setting then why does it have to pass your bullshit test? You simply want a reason to hate good movies because "vagina".
Message posted on 2019-08-12 07:38:30
Jacob said:
@LucasKasprzak I watched the film and I like it. But this is not what these tests are about.
It is about gender representation, and if you are honest, there are few women in "Back to the future"
The film is about a boy, send by a male scientist, who is atacked by male terrorists, trying to coach his father to fight his male bully to get a girlfriend, other people are a teacher (man) and a group of musicians (man), some people in a bar (men), ...
This movie is not equal.
Message posted on 2020-07-20 20:56:52
chokama disagreed with the rating and said:
I mean yeah like this doesn't pass the test but the movie is really more about Marty's own learning of responsibility and his own morals and George's gaining of confidence. Idk this is my favorite movie of all time and maybe I'm just lying to myself but for the most part, this movie is in the past, (a very sexist one too) and all of the bad people are also men. Although I guess that is not really good either because women can be "bad" too. sry I don't really know what I'm talking about but the woman selling Marty the dustbuster is also a businesswoman, and if I'm not mistaken one of Griff's gang members is also female. I'm not saying the movie doesn't pass the test or there isn't enough female representation, but I think most of that was just overlooked and not intentional. Also, Edna Strickland is one of the main characters in the game and has quite a bit of depth to her. Again I am not an expert I just don't really know if this movie should really be considered sexist or if it is just not addressing certain things. The game really does resolve a lot of these problems, though.
Message posted on 2021-10-13 01:12:18

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