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]] Kick-Ass 2 (2013) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Nossie on 2013-08-13 18:51:04.



Nossie said:
One of the main characters, Mindy (a.k.a. the superhero Hit-Girl) has a lengthy plot where she's both trying to live a "normal" life and fit in with the girls at her school, and trying to live up to her perceived responsibility as a superhero. In the former plotline, she repeatedly talks to her female classmates about various non-boy things (makeovers, clothes, the varsity dance team, her social failings, what horrible vapid people they are, her revenge on them). In the latter, she goes up against a lady supervillain who's easily the strongest and scariest character in the film, though their conversation doesn't go much past one-liners and threats.
Message posted on 2013-08-13 18:51:04
James said:
This is the weirdest Bechdel Test pass I've seen this year. If you remove Mindy/Hit Girl from the story, the gender tropes are really gross. But with Mindy it's a vulgar Hannah/Mean Girls riff.

For the kind of movie this is, it deserves props for handling Mindy's coming of age stuff as well as it did. She feels like a far better realized character than Kick Ass himself.
Message posted on 2013-08-17 16:32:06
Jordan said:
I really thought this movie gave mixed signals about teenage girls. On one hand, Mindy is a bad-ass, superior, not just in strength, to Kick-Ass and her plot line examines feelings of outsiderness as a teen. On the other, her teenage antagonist, the popular pretty girl who randomly does a super sexualised dance in front of the class in the gym, is 'evil' because she has become image-obsessed and shallow etc etc etc... But the movie doesn't take a look at what made her that way (social pressure, institutionalised sexism), it just looks at all her perfect hair and make-up and says 'EVIL SLUT PRETTY GIRL'

so idk.
Message posted on 2014-01-11 22:02:55
Antonio said:
In my reading, the movie is extremely meta and the Mean Girls situation is just one aspect of it. Otherwise, the coming to age trope being aplied on a female character while the title character is male is very welcome in my opnion
Message posted on 2014-01-16 21:47:36

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