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]] Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Kelly Garbato on 2009-08-03 14:49:59.



Kelly Garbato said:
Besides the titular Lara Croft, there aren't any named women characters in The Cradle of Life.

Croft does "crash" the boat home of a family of four - a mother, father, daughter and son - and ask to "borrow" their tv (speaking directly to the daughter), but the family is credited simply as "Taipei Mother" (etc.)

And, oh yeah, there are two unnamed female stewardesses.
Message posted on 2009-08-03 14:49:59
Rachel said:
Ugh, I just realised that neither Tomb Raider movie passes. How gross, Hollywood.

But compare this to the games:

Tomb Raider: 3/3
Tomb Raider 2: 0/3?
Tomb Raider 3: 3/3
The Last Revelation: 0/3?
Chronicles: 0/3?
Angel of Darkness 2/3 or 3/3, can't remember
Legend: 3/3
Anniversary: 3/3 (may fail reverse Bechdel)
Underworld: 3/3 (Pretty sure this one fails the reverse Bechdel as well)

The Goblet of Light: 0/3
Tomb Raider 2012: so far seems to be 0/3

Now that I look at it, the Bechdel scores almost directly predict how good a game will be, lol.
Message posted on 2011-01-08 08:06:35
James said:
Good call on the games. But the I believe trailers for the Tomb Raider reboot show Laura that there were other women stranded on the island with Laura. Thus, which would result in the game having conversations where two women talk about escaping.
Message posted on 2013-01-26 16:48:58
Potato said:
The 2012 game does indeed pass the test as there are two females, Lara and her best friend Sam, who escape the dreadful Yamatai island
Message posted on 2013-07-22 09:21:42
DC said:
This rating should be 3/3.

32 mins into the movie, after crashing in China, Lara meets with a woman she knows (listed in credits as Shu Mei). They greet each other 'ni hao'. Lara says: It's so lovely to see you. Then asks if everything is ready. Reply: "Yes" and "Your clothes guns and knives are over there." "And I took the liberty of tuning your bike." Reply: "May I?". "Yes."
Message posted on 2013-12-28 07:21:44
LJM said:
Agree with DC above. Not exactly a claim to fame, but does *technically* pass the test on all accounts.
Message posted on 2015-07-19 03:39:48
neil (webmaster) said:
I've updated the rating from 0/3 to 3/3.
Message posted on 2015-07-22 20:22:33
saeraphin disagreed with the rating and said:
I kinda disagree with the rating. The name of the character is only known from the credits, which - I think - breaks the first test.
Also, the exchange they have, by its length and content, is more of a mundane discussion than a real exchange (some suggest a 60 seconds minimal length).
Message posted on 2015-12-30 09:39:50
FrenchGirl disagreed with the rating and said:
I agree with Saeraphin. The rating should be 2/3.
Since the name of the Chinese woman isn't told DURING the movie but only in the credits, it should'nt pass the first test.
Message posted on 2017-06-07 08:26:03

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