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]] ParaNorman (2012) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Jake on 2012-08-12 06:34:51.



Starry Sky said:
I think Courtney may have talked with her mother during the car ride to the witch's grave, though I'm not sure whether Norman and Courtney's parents were named in the movie proper. She would have been complaining about the zombie though so the movie would only pass 2 of 3 tests.
Message posted on 2012-08-21 06:49:43
Mitchell Hundred said:
The movie does in fact pass. There is a brief exchange between Selma and Mrs. Henscher in the scene where the kids are rehearsing the play. Selma complains that the play not being historically accurate, and Mrs. Henscher replies that the point is to promote tourism, not be historically accurate. Only a few lines, but I think it qualifies.
Message posted on 2012-08-26 05:27:03
Alex said:
I disagree for the same reason Mitchell posted. It's a very technical passing grade, but I think it does pass. The fact that the scene in question opens with the exchange between Selma and Henscher supports it a little more, too.

But there is no alternative scene to posit.
Message posted on 2012-12-02 19:34:35
Kemp said:
There is also the scene in the town square when Ms. Henscher is talking to the female sheriff about her actions during the riot. Don't know For sure if that qualifies as I can't recall if the sheriff was given a full name but the sheriff did get her own major credit.
Message posted on 2012-12-04 07:25:55
Courtney said:
I think the reading stands because a conversation would require more than a three line exchange between female characters...
Message posted on 2013-06-08 03:29:31
Mitchell Hundred said:
The rules don't require a conversation; they require two women to talk to each other. Even a two-line exchange not related to men would give the film a pass. It would of course be a very weak pass (and Paranorman's pass is by almost as slim a margin), but a pass nonetheless.
Message posted on 2013-06-21 01:02:08
Azul said:
The girl with dental braces of Norman's class, Salma, talks to their teacher, Mrs. Henscher, about how witches are depicted stereotypically.
Message posted on 2018-04-21 11:30:06
neil (webmaster) said:
I've updated the rating from 1/3 to 3/3.
Message posted on 2018-04-28 14:21:50

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