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

[[2]] Ghostbusters (1984) [imdb]

This movie passed 2 of 3 tests. It was entered by Carl Walker on 2009-07-19 00:47:38.



Carl Walker said:
Two reasonable sized female parts and one female bit-part, none of whom even meet each other.
Message posted on 2009-07-19 00:47:38
Mike said:
Dana: Excuse me, this is the Ghostbusters' office?

Janine: Yes it is, can I help you?

Dana: I don't have an appointment but I'd like to speak to someone.

Two women, with names, who speak to each other. It could be argued that they speak about the Ghostbusters, who are men, but they're more discussing Dana not having an appointment to see 'someone' about her problem.
Message posted on 2010-05-03 19:23:11
Will said:
Mike nailed it; one could argue that they are talking about men (the Ghostbusters), but at the very least it clearly passes the second test.
Message posted on 2010-12-19 06:25:49
Emily said:
Agreed with Mike, it passes the first two tests easily. Dana and Janine have a conversation. Third part debatable, but still potentially a pass as Dana is just asking to speak to somebody (she doesn't specify anyone in particular).
Message posted on 2011-05-05 11:57:15
Sam said:
Jeanine and Dana are obviously named, and obviously female. The have a conversation, as listed above, that is about "the Ghostbusters," which is more obviously used as the name of an organization than as concerning any individual (male or female, despite the fact that only male ghostbusters appear in the film).

At the very least, two named female characters have a conversation. Whether it concerns the ghostbusters or a group of MEN known as the ghostbusters is a matter of interpretation (which is what the dubious tag is MADE for).

2/3 - 3/3 (dubious). The current 1/3 is simply ignoring the facts.
Message posted on 2014-02-04 12:05:12
Jim said:
Like they said Janine and Dana spoke regarding "someone"
Message posted on 2015-11-11 04:29:12
Miguel said:
I would have to agree on the 2/3 rating it's obvious they do talk to each other.
Message posted on 2015-11-12 15:39:13
Ollie said:
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it. [TICK] Dana Barrett and Janine Melnitz (whose roles are important and substantial enough to be reprised in a sequel).

2. Who talk to each other. [TICK] They have a conversation about the requirement for ghost busting services.

3. About something besides a man [TICK] The conversation is about requiring ghost busting services, not just a specific man or men in general.
Message posted on 2017-06-14 14:52:36
Bob said:
This easily passes the Bechdel Test:

Two named women
That talk to each other
About something other than a man

Dana is talking about her apartment, which she thinks is haunted.
Message posted on 2018-01-25 12:57:17
aaron said:
Ghostbusters passes the first two tests, but fails the third. She asks to speak to someone (which could be ambiguous), but she had previously seen a commercial on her t.v. that had the three ghostbusters on it which are all male. It is clear that she is referencing speaking to one of them.
Message posted on 2018-02-26 10:40:00
Robert Scythe said:
Ridiculously nitpicky. It doesn't matter if Dana knows that there are men in The Ghostbusters, especially since the commercial doesn't show ALL the members (some of which could be women [Janine, for instance] for all she knows). She is not talking about men, she is inquiring about a company.
Message posted on 2018-06-24 06:53:29
neil (webmaster) said:
I've updated the rating from 2/3 to 2/3.
Message posted on 2019-02-25 21:18:39
Robert Scythe disagreed with the rating and said:
Wait, upgraded from 2/3 to 2/3?? 3 posts have clearly shown that this should pass and get a 3/3. Is that what you meant or did you not actually upgrade at all.
Message posted on 2019-05-30 19:03:27

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