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

[[2]] The Crying Game (1992) [imdb]

This movie passed 2 of 3 tests. It was entered by Xav on 2012-03-24 00:55:48.



Xav said:
Without including a plot spoiler for this film, suffice to say there are only two female actors who are credited. One is Miranda Richardson as the villain Jude; the other plays a minor character who does not talk to Jude. At first glance of a trailer, this might appear to clear the second hurdle, but it does not.
Message posted on 2012-03-24 00:55:48
Felix said:
Trans women *are* women, and this should be taken into account for any and all Bechdel ratings. This is a simple matter of respect.
Message posted on 2013-01-04 03:07:54
luminum said:
Agreed. Dil is trans and she speaks with Jude, though it seems like it might be about Jimmy. This movie at LEAST passes the second rule.
Message posted on 2013-01-05 22:15:11
Meri said:
Dil is most certainly a female character so this does pass at least 2 qualifications. I can't remember if they talk about anything other than a man.
Message posted on 2014-02-07 18:20:46
neil (webmaster) said:
I've updated the rating from 1/3 to 2/3.
Message posted on 2014-02-07 19:10:37
larisa5656 disagreed with the rating and said:
First of all, Dil definitely counts as a female character. Despite having a penis, she identifies as a female and other characters always use female pronouns in reference to her.

Second, Dil and Jude talk about "young love" and Dil's make-up. The "young love" part is a subtle reference to Dil's relationship with Fergus/Jimmy, but he isn't explicitly stated. This is one of those multi-layered conversations that could be construed as being ultimately only about Fergus, but I think it still passes.
Message posted on 2017-02-09 21:00:38

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