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]] Dead Poets Society (1989) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Nellie on 2011-05-29 21:25:15.



Karto said:
Named female characters include Chris Noel, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Anderson. They never meet or have a conversation.
Since the plot takes place in an all boy's school with an all male staff, it would be really surprising if this passed the test.
Message posted on 2020-03-08 15:01:19
Jordan said:
Yeah this movie definitely doesn't pass the test. All the women in the movie besides the mothers were objectified or harassed. The only girls in the movie that were the same age as the boys were dumb or like Chris, were stalked and had all of her "no's" dismissed. She was kissed without consent and every time she told Knox to leave her alone he told her that she didn't mean it.
Message posted on 2020-05-05 15:33:31
Enid said:
It’s not surprising that this film does not pass the Bechdel test as it’s set in an all boys film and follows the lives of a group of males at the school. While the women in this film aren’t portrayed in an overwhelmingly positive way, the film doesn’t seem very sexist and its lack of female representation is somewhat justified. Nonetheless, Dead Poets Society could have improved the few female characters that it did include and the way in which they were treated.
Message posted on 2021-03-23 19:53:09

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