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]] Moonrise Kingdom (2012) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Kid Rondeau on 2012-06-13 00:02:17.



Kid Rondeau said:
The two named women that (in my mind) give this film a passing grade are Suzy Bishop and Laura Bishop.
They talk to each other a few times throughout the movie (although it seems mostly about Sam), but during the bathtub scene (after the Bishops bring Suzy home), Suzy tells her mother that she hates her. Laura assures her that she doesn't mean it, that it's only her emotional state making her say these things.

It's a brief exchange, and since the emotional state was brought on by her forced breakup with Sam, it's dubious.

But I think technically it should qualify.
Message posted on 2012-06-13 00:02:18
luminum said:
Additionally, Suzy and Laura discuss her issues (or how Suzy reacts to her parents thinking she has issues) during the bathtub scene.

Becky, the operator, also talks to two women with names, though they don't appear on screen. As the phone operator she speaks with the two operators on the other ends, Judy, and one other, whose name escapes me. They can be heard talking on the other end and connecting them with Sam's foster parents or Social Services.
Message posted on 2012-07-23 02:06:59
Chriplodocus said:
I don't think it's dubious. Suzy and Laura are not talking about Sam or even Suzy's relationship with Sam. They are talking about Suzy. They could have had the same conversation even if Sam had never existed.
Message posted on 2012-09-23 06:04:55
meg_evonne said:
Frances McDormand (Laura Bishop) and Kara Hayward (Suzy)in that brief dialog explore their mother/daughter relationship, Suzy's obvious mental state, Laura's affair, and basically life. Sam doesn't really have anything to do with the importance of the scene in the plot. As a result of that scene, Laura's life dramatically changes. Their other shared scenes are heavily layered in body language dialog is as strong as their spoken dialog. Dubious? Nah...
Message posted on 2012-10-17 04:43:39
Jeanette King said:
I agree with luminum, Chriplodocus and meg_evonne that this movie definitely passes the test and should not be listed as dubious.
Message posted on 2012-12-30 08:39:13
maddy said:
I agree with most of the comments. although brief, there are important conversations between Suzy and Laura that have nothing to do with Sam. I don't think it should be listed as dubious.
Message posted on 2013-10-30 02:36:11
slarty said:
I agree with all of the above: it shouldn't be listed as dubious.

In addition to the above scenes, Laura and Social Services have a brief interaction that is entirely about Suzy and whether or not she is "a stabber." (There could be some question about whether or not Social Services is a named character; it's a bordeline case, but S.S. is consistently used as a name and not as a title, and the irony is clearly intentional, so I'd count her.)
Message posted on 2013-11-28 02:37:26
neil (webmaster) said:
I've removed the dubious flag.
Message posted on 2013-11-28 07:17:27

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