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]] Friends with Benefits (2011) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Jordan on 2011-07-22 20:40:43.



Jordan said:
The vast majority of conversations between two women are about a man, but there are a couple that cause it to pass.

Jamie and her mom talk about the Fourth of July weekend they have planned. They briefly talk about the braids Jamie's mom is giving her. That's all I can think of.
Message posted on 2011-07-22 20:40:44
carmen said:
There's a surprisingly tender scene between Jamie and her mom as Lorna talks about her romantic struggles over the years. At one point, she tells Jamie, "You're my knight in shining armor." Despite putting it out there that casual sex will invariably lead to a fulfilling relationship, the movie also touches on a lot of family dynamics people in their late '20s/early '30s begin to deal with as their parents age. Thought it was compassionate and well-done in that aspect.
Message posted on 2012-02-19 16:17:10
pinanina disagreed with the rating and said:
I think this movie passing the test is dubious because the conversations between them are sandwiched between a complete focus on men in their conversations. They are comments that are sparked by the men focused convos. The "knight" comment is about men and that she needs to update her fairytale. The convo about the trip is interspersed with mostly motherly advice about men by mother. Trip doesn't happen because mom gets back with boyfriend instead. If you go back and watch the clips with a Bechdel, it becomes clear.
Message posted on 2021-07-22 21:48:07

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