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]] The Shawshank Redemption (1994) [imdb]

This movie passed 0 of 3 tests. It was entered by neil on 2009-06-13 14:43:18.



neil said:
No named female characters at all. Though not a big surprise, considering the setting.
Message posted on 2009-06-13 14:43:18
Laura said:
It wouldn't pass anyway, of course, but I found it disappointing that Andy's murdered wife, even when he tells about her in flashback form, wasn't given a name. IIRC she was a named character in the story, which is quite a bit shorter than the film.
Message posted on 2010-06-11 04:30:11
Ian disagreed with the rating and said:
That's exactly why the Bechdel test can't be seen as relevant every time without looking at the context. A movie set in a prison, in the 40s-50s-60s... Of course there's no woman incarcerated with them... Female wardens were extremely unlikely as well... Where would you put a woman in that story? It's perfectly logical that such a movie doesn't pass the test. Actually it shouldn't. It's like complaining when a movie set in medieval Europe has no black characters. Sometimes it's not racist/sexist, it's just common sense.
Message posted on 2013-02-19 18:08:21
Rob said:
@Ian. The Bechdel test is not, in general, a relevant measure on the feminist qualities of a single movie but the state of film-making in general. Otherwise, Bechdel-test conscious filmmakers would be compelled to shoehorn female characters into their scripts without purpose.

As a measure on a single film, for example, I think it is generally more offensive when the movie passes the first two tests and only fails on the third.
Message posted on 2013-04-22 15:48:48
Rob said:
The rating is correct. @Ian, I think you misinterpret the usefulness of the test. The test is certainly not capable of determining the feminist or anti-feminist qualities of a movie by itself (Twilight passes, Fargo fails). It IS however illustrative of a disproportionate trend in Hollywood across all films. Of course nothing is anti-feminist about a movie about men in a male prison, still doesn't pass the test.
Message posted on 2013-04-23 04:29:45

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