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

[[0]] Reservoir Dogs (1992) [imdb]

This movie passed 0 of 3 tests. It was entered by neil on 2008-07-19 00:00:00.



jumboo said:
There are no women with dialogue in the movie. Madonna is talked about extensively in the opening scene (by men). Some unnamed female employees of a diamond store are talked about. An unnamed woman shoots a main character and gets killed in return.
Message posted on 2013-08-30 21:13:29
Sam said:
This should get a -1, on the basis that no woman even speaks! Although one had a fairly big part that was cut, though she only spoke to men. And I guess the woman who shoots someone has a big effect. Still one of my favourite ever films.
Message posted on 2016-03-07 00:25:28
Gabs said:
This is the movie that me and my girlfriends agree best represents an exception to the Bechdel test. I'm sure this movie would be a lot worse if their were women in it, because, knowing Tarantino, they're likely to be one-dimensional characters who probably get killed. I'd rather have a movie all about some hard, mysterious, amoral male criminals killing each other than watch that cast of characters attempt (and fail miserably) to interact in any satisfying way with a woman.
Message posted on 2018-03-16 18:23:30
Drew Olds said:
This film definitely fails the Bechdel test hard. Women almost don't exist in the film.

In addition, it seems like the characters are almost all portrayed as sexist (and also racist).

It actually makes me wonder how different it would be if they had changed the gender of a character or two without changing any of the script (except maybe swapping out "Mr. White" for "Miss White" or "Eddie" for "Ellie."

The results could have been pretty interesting.
Message posted on 2019-01-02 20:10:57
Mr. Purple disagreed with the rating and said:
As someone said, this is one movie that should be exempt from the Bechdel Test, but not for the reasons given.

There are no women in this movie because that's precisely what the film is about: a world & characters without any feminine influence. And it's a pretty terrible world with pretty terrible men populating it.

Want proof? Listen carefully to Mr. Brown's summation of Madonna's Like a Virgin, but pretend it's not about sex. It's about a person of questionable moral judgement that meets someone they really connect with. This someone is reaching places & causing the first person to act in ways they haven't acted for a long time. But when this someone screws over the first person, it hurts them. It shouldn't hurt them, but it does.

Doesn't that sound like the relationship between Mr. White & Mr. Orange? Incidentally, white is symbolic of virginity & purity & rebirth, while orange symbolizes love, passion, happiness, and marriage in many Eastern cultures.

When Tarantino starts by saying "it's a metaphor for big dicks," he's not really talking about Madonna's song. He's talking about his film. The film we are about to watch.
Message posted on 2021-02-20 07:55:37
Oliver said:
It's not an "exception" to the test. The whole point of the test is to look at all the movies released, and see how many have women in important roles.

It's normal for movies like this to have all men and virtually no women, the reverse is far less common. The test doesn't say that movies that fail it don't make good points, just that most movies center men.
Message posted on 2023-08-23 21:28:41

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