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

[[1]] (500) Days of Summer (2009) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Mireille on 2009-08-10 01:29:55.



Mireille said:
Yay, another so-called chick flick that doesn't pass!
Message posted on 2009-08-10 01:29:55
Teri B said:
How is it a chick flick? It's a movie about romance but it's the OPPOSITE of a chick flick. It's a movie told from a man's pov about his issues dealing with a past relationship. It makes total sense that it wouldn't pass, because it's really all about the guy. Summer is a prop to his own issues, and it's only when Tom realizes at the end that in fact he was using her as a prop (fist as his "dream girl" then as his "evil ex," but never as an independent person in her own right) that he's able to move on... so basically it's just about him.
Message posted on 2010-06-14 12:15:24
Ulli said:
That is a good point. It was seeing women through his eyes so it makes sense that he wouldn't see her talk to other women. He doesn't really see her talk to other men either. A good movie, but definitely not a chick flick.
Message posted on 2010-07-18 03:14:33
Jolene disagreed with the rating and said:
What about when Rachel's coach who's a woman talks to Rachel, or when Summer is talking to her friend at her party? Or Summer is talking with her coworker's at Milly's engagement party at work? Or the two women in the stairwell talking when Tom runs out of Summer's apartment? Or when Tom is talking to his coworkers who are all middle aged women and tells them to make a card that says "I Love Us."
Message posted on 2011-04-27 13:50:52
N said:
Jolene, I don't believe that any of those characters that you mention are named characters, and thus do not pass the second criterion.
Message posted on 2011-04-27 22:45:06
Amy said:
I agree with N...
Message posted on 2011-05-03 04:45:55
Sophie said:
For the true Bechdel test, the characters don't need to be named (read the posted rules)
Message posted on 2011-07-12 00:42:40
Renée said:
I agree with the rating, though I must note that if there was a 'male' version of the Bechdel Test it would fail as well, since basically the only thing Tom talks about with his male friends is Summer.
Message posted on 2011-08-31 10:57:02
matty said:
wow, how did you come to the conclusion that this is a "chick flick"? The protagonist is male and it's about his problems with relationships. Because it's about a romantic relationship that makes it a chick flick?
Message posted on 2012-06-27 20:03:32
lauren said:
I disagree with Jolene and Sophie because the purpose of the Bechdel Test is to recognize the lack of female and independence presence in movies. Just because two minor background characters talk about something random doesn't mean this movie passes the Bechdel Test. This movie definitely DOESN'T pass the Test and most definitely IS a chick flick.
Message posted on 2017-11-16 17:03:54
Jen said:
There are multiple (named) women, but none of them have any spoken dialogue of note. They appear to talk to each other, but we don't hear what's being said. I the instance of Rachel's coach, Rachel doesn't say anything back, so it's not them talking to each other. At best, Rachel's (and Tom's) mother discuss Tom meeting a girl in one of the deleted scenes.
Message posted on 2019-04-14 23:24:12
s said:
i think that the rating is accurate. this does not pass the test and is NOT a chick flick. its a rom-com, from a male POV, through the male gaze and shows summer as a MPDG...
Message posted on 2021-07-05 00:13:56

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