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]] Argo (2012) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by emkitche on 2012-10-28 20:56:29.



emkitche said:
The two main characters (women) discuss to each other how they will escape Iran in this true heroic story.
Message posted on 2012-10-28 20:56:30
jjjjj said:
There's four named female characters in it although the two female hostages don't share any lines with each other. The Iranian housekeeper and the Canadian diplomat's wife have a brief conversation where the housekeeper reveals that she knows about the Americans being hidden there. Since the group is mostly made up of men, this might not count, however.
Message posted on 2012-10-29 13:36:27
Carl said:
The group had two women in it, and the conversation was about the group as one unit. I don't see this as a disqualification to passing the test.
Message posted on 2012-11-22 16:43:42
Mike disagreed with the rating and said:
I'm pretty sure most ratings on this site are taken too literally. You can say without a doubt that argo fails the bechdel test. The women do not have a meaningful conversation. In fact, one of them is shown sneaking around a door to ask her husband to come to bed which is pretty much her only line.

Interestingly, Argo was referenced in Colin Strokes' TEDTalk "How Movies Teach manhood" and he also comes to the conclusion that Argo flunks the Bechdel test.
Let's not forget why Bechdel introduced the criteria in the first hand. Just checking the credits for two female charater names is not enough to meet the criteria, not even #1 alone.
Message posted on 2013-02-11 15:30:09
Nashwa disagreed with the rating and said:
I agree with mike, this movie does not pass, women do not engage in any meaningful roles.
Message posted on 2013-02-25 05:36:14
Filip disagreed with the rating and said:
I'd say it's a 3/3 pass, but dubious.
In one scene Sahar and Pat (Yes, the're both named) exchange the following: (according to the translation it's in farsi in the movie)
"Sahar, How are you doing?"
"Fine, thank you"
"Your friends from Canada, ma'am. All this time. They never go out."
Thats it. The scene lasts 24 seconds.
It's a pass alright, but you got to admit it's not much of a conversation.
Message posted on 2013-02-25 17:35:05
Zoe said:
I agree with Mike, this movie totally does not pass. I don't remember any meaningful roles for women at all. They basically show up as faces, here and there.
All of the heroic motivation and actions are carried out by men, as are the bad actions. It's quite ridiculous.
I did enjoy the adventure of the movie.
Message posted on 2013-03-01 16:48:00
Matt said:
Was the Iranian housekeeper who lied to the militia not meaningful (plot wise anyway)?
Message posted on 2013-03-08 14:53:35
Julia said:
The Bechdel test is not about whether a movie is feminist or not. It doesn't require the women to have "meaningful roles" in the plot. It's a very literal 3 point checklist.
I say it passes and I don't see why people are confused about it. 2 named women converse with each other about something other than a man. Anyone who wants to impose additional criteria like "Do the women have meaningful roles and carry out heroic actions?" is free to make their own website.
Message posted on 2013-05-11 18:14:02
Jessica Napier said:
I agree with Julia, to me, the point of the Bechdel Test is that it has such absurdly minimal criteria, that it really highlights the ludicrousness of the many films that don't fulfill those criteria.
Message posted on 2013-08-10 18:43:48

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