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]] Milk (2008) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Tracey on 2008-12-15 04:41:15.



Dena said:
Milk was a movie about a gay man and his story. Why the hell would it matter if women were in it or not?
Message posted on 2010-05-03 02:18:39
Epicene disagreed with the rating and said:
Because even in gay men's stories, women still make up half the human population? And because this is a site about what films pass the Bechdel Test, so of course we're going to point it out when a movie don't pass, regardless of whether or not you think it "matters"?

That said, I saw this movie again recently, and I don't remember any women having speaking roles aside from the Alison Pill character and the stock footage of Anita Bryant (which hardly seems to count as a character). Does this film even pass the one test?
Message posted on 2010-06-11 20:31:49
Robin said:
It's really disturbing that a movie dealing with discrimination and GLBT-rights neglects lesbian and feminist activism to such an extent.
Message posted on 2011-09-20 19:18:01
J said:
I agree with the rating, but this one doesn't matter to me because it is BIOGRAPHY. Yes, lesbian activism is important, of course it is. But it's not what Harvey Milk was involved with. It's a story about a particular man in a particular time and place and if women weren't a big part of his actual life, why would they be in the movie just for the sake of passing the test?

There are two other women with speaking roles -- Dan White's wife (who he does introduce by name), and Dianne Feinstein, who I could have sworn interacts with the other city supervisors at least once.
Message posted on 2012-05-25 01:52:47
Peg Watkins said:
Totally agree with this rating. I was struck by the absence of women in crowd scenes, in the campaign, street scenes! San Francisco's population isn't skewed toward males, is it? There may not have been other women city supervisors, but weren't there women members of the media that Feinstein could have interacted with? Even beyond the Bechdel rating, there were not enough female extras in this movie! Just weird.
Message posted on 2014-09-17 21:15:58

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