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]] Alien 3 (1992) [imdb]

This movie passed 0 of 3 tests. It was entered by neil on 2009-03-07 20:40:33.



neil said:
Ripley is the only (alive) woman in this film.
Message posted on 2009-03-07 20:40:33
arachnophilia said:
it's interesting that "alien 3" fails the test right out of the gate, whereas the previous two pass.

of course, it fails specifically for the merit of its intentional gender commentary: placing a relatively strong female lead in a colony of (celibate) "extra-male" rapists. surely there are feminist themes here...
Message posted on 2010-05-27 05:13:01
Charlee Foxtrot disagreed with the rating and said:
It's not so much that I disagree with the rating, which is technically correct, but that I agree with arachnophilia. You have a strong female lead, one that potentially revolutionized female leads in the previous films even. You have a strong male lead (the doctor) who is completely egalitarian, even when it comes to sex. You have another strong male lead (Dillon) who is somewhat misogynist, but in a protective way. You then have just about every level of misogyny from the indifferent administrators to the convicts that simply see Ripley as nothing more than a piece sexual meat to be raped. This too is part of the social commentary and I thought the writers did an excellent job looking at these kinds of issues from all angles.

In this case I think it's the Bechdel Test that fails, not the movie.

Really, I'm having trouble taking all of this seriously.
Message posted on 2013-04-05 00:10:36
Bobby disagreed with the rating and said:
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it

1) Ripley
2) Newt

Would also like to add that this movie proves just how ridiculous the Bechdel Test really is when a movie like Alien 3 doesn't even make the grade.
Message posted on 2013-05-28 19:46:07
S Riley disagreed with the rating and said:
And a movie like Night of the Living Dead (which, it must be said, is in every other way the superior movie) passes the test.
Message posted on 2014-03-16 14:22:43
Tomas said:
This is a perfect example of the limitations of the Bechdel test. While a good benchmark overall for judging female representation in films it should not be seen as a defining goal for all films to strive for. Alien 3 is full of feminist themes as Ripley deals with rapists and murders of women, who all see her as an inferior sex object, while being forced to become the leader who will help everyone overcome the odds and defeat the alien.

A very passionate film about false faith and the power of an individual, regardless of gender. Fails the Bechdel test on every measure. Wins for feminism 100%.
Message posted on 2014-12-08 09:42:22

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