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]] Nebraska (2013) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by NessieNos on 2013-10-02 19:53:51.



NessieNos said:
This one just barely passes: The protagonist's mother exchanges all of two sentences with her sister-in-law, gossiping about another woman who got pregnant. Later, she exchanges another two sentences with a waitress, about what she should order. Apart from that, the film is almost entirely focused on the relationships between men: brothers, fathers and sons, working partners, men who grew up together. The women in their life are backdrops or annoyances.
Message posted on 2013-10-02 19:53:51
Saltair disagreed with the rating and said:
As first commentator says, this is a film about men and their relationships with each other. The main female character, the mother, is a very unsympathetic character. The father, despite the toll his drinking has taken on the family, has, by the end of the film, been transformed into a love able character. The mother, on the other hand, goes from bad to worse.
Message posted on 2014-01-11 04:14:36
Jeanette King disagreed with the rating and said:
This film passes the test. As mentioned by NessieNos there is a scene where the protagonist's mother (Kate) has a brief dialogue with her sister in law (Martha) about another woman who got pregnant. The latter scene described does not count as the waitress isn't named. Although the scene with Kate and Martha comprises only 3 sentences exchanged between them it meets the test. There is no 'barely' about it. Either the film passes, or it doesn't and this film does and it should be rated that it does. Yes, the scene is brief. Yes, the film is about a man and his aging father. But this one brief scene means it passes.
Message posted on 2014-01-19 08:06:13
CBGB said:
I wouldn't say that June Squibb's character is portrayed in a less sympathetic light. It's been a little while since I saw it, but she along with Bob Odenkirk's character are the two who come across as the most sensible characters in the whole film.

I certainly wouldn't say she goes "from bad to worse".
Message posted on 2014-04-03 10:53:48

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