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]] Captain Phillips (2013) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by NessieNos on 2013-10-07 20:25:09.



NessieNos said:
The film involves an all-male group of hijackers attacking a ship with an all-male crew, so there are barely any speaking parts for women in the film. Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks' character) talks to his wife for a few minutes at the beginning, and there's a female medic with a few lines at the end, and maybe an unnamed Navy operative with a technical line or two, but none of these characters are ever in the same scene, let alone speaking to each other.
Message posted on 2013-10-07 20:25:09
Terrus said:
A technically accurate rating, but I question the validity of the use of the Bechdel Test on a movie based this closely on a true story. We should be seeking to ensure proper representation of women in film, yes, but I wonder about faulting a director who features no women characters in a story about four male hijackers that took over a ship with a crew of twenty men.
Message posted on 2014-01-13 15:01:46
Julian said:
Agreed with Terrus 100%...
Message posted on 2014-01-18 03:45:10
James said:
The test is best applied when looking at overall movie trends. It can often be meaningless when looking at a single film, such as this one which failed for obvious reasons that have nothing to do with gender bias.
Message posted on 2014-01-25 02:56:17
Mastro said:
This is a Lawrence of Arabia- type film- no women had major parts in the historical story- and adding a female would be inaccurate or even silly (a female warrior in Lawrence, for example)

The only accusation of misogyny might be why all-male topics are made into movies versus few female type- films.
Message posted on 2014-06-13 23:08:36

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