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]] Eagle Eye (2008) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by Kelly Garbato on 2009-08-16 03:50:06.



Kelly Garbato said:
Eagle Eye stars two female leads (Michelle Monaghan as Rachel Holloman and Rosario Dawson as Zoe Perez); the two never talk to one another. However, they each converse with ARIA, a military supercomputer voiced by Julianne Moore. Does this count?

Otherwise, Zoe Perez does talk to another female Air Force employee, but she's unnamed.

Rachel Holloman is seen talking with her friends, but 1) they're unnamed and 2) it's about a man at the bar.
Message posted on 2009-08-16 03:50:06
Danila disagreed with the rating and said:
ARIA should count as a female character, and she has conversations with both of the other named female characters.
Message posted on 2010-10-25 07:54:47
Jordan said:
ARIA is a genderless Artificial Intelligence System that happens to have a female voice that is uses when it needs converse with humans.

Not a female character, does not pass.
Message posted on 2012-02-27 19:08:22
luminum said:
Just a side bar is that the movie DOES pass the racial Bechdel Test: Zoe and Logan have an extended action scene/conversation as they discuss how to deactivate ARIA. Their actions together also ensure that ARIA is defeated and removed as a threat in general.

Interestingly, were we to consider ARIA gendered as female because of her voice/voice actress, Moore, then the film may not pass the racial Bechdel Test on the same grounds that ARIA's voice/voice actress is white.
Message posted on 2013-07-23 05:48:10
coolcleangreen disagreed with the rating and said:
i think ARIA passes. the writers could have named the computer DAN or BOB and given it a male voice, but they gave it a female identity. we could debate the correlation between gender and self-identification/environment, but all that matters to me is that this computer is a central character that converses intelligently with other female characters.

i would feel the same about "VIKI" in I,Robot and "The Red Queen" in Resident Evil.
Message posted on 2013-07-23 15:18:02

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