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]] Savages (2012) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Lenore Tenenbaum on 2012-07-03 19:31:26.



Lenore Tenenbaum said:
The movie passes fairly easily thanks to several scenes between the two female leads, Ophelia (Blake Lively) and Elena (Salma Hayek). The third main female character (Elena's daughter, Magda) also helps pass the test when they talk to each other about their relationship, travels, plans and day-to-day. Despite Hayek's portrayal of a wealthy, powerful Mexican drug cartel lordess, I think the role's a bit flat, as is Ophelia's.
Message posted on 2012-07-03 19:31:29
The Wizard in Oz said:
Just got back from seeing this movie; I thought it would inspire debate on here, and I want to get in early.

I actually think Hayek's portrayal is really interesting: her character's strong, but in a feminine way- she's not violent if she doesn't have to be, she's intuitive and she's not sexualised in any way (she's portrayed as glamorous, but never promiscuous). I think it's one of the better female roles I've seen in an action film for a while (at least since Hunger Games)
Message posted on 2012-10-20 03:53:21
marjorie said:
I despised the portrayal of women in this movie, especially Ophelia. She was like a non-entity; it was hard to even understand why the men loved her--they seemed to really just want to be with one another and needed to have some pretty thing sandwiched between them so it was more acceptable. She just cried and was weak and asked for pot. Ugh.

Elena at least had some power or control, but the gap between woman innocent and totally weak, the other strong and evil, just plays into the whole trope that evil, bitchy women weild power, while those worthy of love are weak and need saving.
Message posted on 2013-01-02 01:37:52

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