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]] In a World... (2013) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by hopita on 2013-08-14 21:25:16.



hopita said:
This movie has several named female characters who talk to each other about their jobs, their aspirations, and each other. It was a real breath of fresh air to see so many fully formed female characters on the big screen.
Message posted on 2013-08-14 21:25:16
Sunny said:
The main character is female, as well as one of the main supporting characters. Though actually the instance the leads to the passing of the test (talking to each other about something other than a man) occurs when Carol (Lake Bell) talks to Stacy (Corsica Williams) about vocal coaching. Possible other test passing conversation between Carol and Eva Longoria.
Message posted on 2013-08-18 07:52:03
Maria Francesca said:
Lake Bell interacts with too many other women to count. She is a vocal coach to Eva Longoria, interacts with female sound technicians, with her sister, with her Dad's girlfriend, with a movie producer, with women on the street...
Message posted on 2013-08-19 01:32:19
eric said:
A lot of well-developed female characters in this movie, but most of the plot revolves around their relationships with men, so the non-man topics are few and far between. But they're in there.
Message posted on 2013-08-20 04:20:47
TS said:
This movie features several female characters with multiple scenes that allow it to pass the test, including Carol (Lake Bell) teaching Eva Longoria how to do a Cockney accent, as well as Carol talking with Katherine Huling (Geena Davis) about the Amazon Games trailer.
Message posted on 2013-08-22 00:23:15
dustin disagreed with the rating and said:
Does this actually pass the Bechdel test?

I'm halfway into the movie and so far the only plot-driven conversation between two females I can recall sounds business-related on the surface (Carol asks Dani to interview/record a hot Irish guy) but the motivation on Dani's end is lust-driven. Most other scenes Carol has with other females involves mocking and condescending an air-headed and ditzy caricature (smoothie girl, dad's young gf, Eva Longoria, Nancy the receptionist, etc.) so she becomes comparatively more intelligent. Not much feminism here....

Message posted on 2014-04-21 21:29:38
dustin disagreed with the rating and said:
The Bechdel test isn't a good gauge for if a movie is pro-feminism, btw. Most of the interactions Carol has with other females in this movie mocks their air-headedness so Carol looks comparatively intelligent (smoothie girl, dad's young gf, Eva Longoria, Nancy the receptionist, etc...also the girls on the reality tv show they watch.)

Plus, all of the females around her are motivated by men/love where she seems to be the only female with a career-driven objective.

One conversation between her and Geena Davis's character. That was the only bit of feminism I saw in this.

Also seeing Nick Offerman without a mustache and in a fedora is the most painful thing I had to endure in a movie.
Message posted on 2014-04-21 22:33:07
Dwij said:
+Dustin You yourself admit that the film passes the test. So you shouldn't be disagreeing with the rating.
Message posted on 2016-09-25 17:15:41
Kathryn said:
The Bechdel test isn't about whether a piece of media can be classified as a "feminist" offering. The test is used as an indicator for the active presence of women in media, specifically film and television.

Are the characters flawed? Absolutely. However, the test isn't measuring character's integrity.

Are there at least two named women? Yes
Do the talk about something other than a man? Yes

Does "In a World" pass the Bechdel test? Yes
Message posted on 2017-06-19 19:33:11

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