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]] Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Mireille on 2009-08-23 21:40:12.



Mireille said:
There's a discussion between a character's girlfriend and his mother about the girlfriend's new hair.
Message posted on 2009-08-23 21:40:12
robin said:
Oy vey. Do we need any more proof that the Bechdel Test does not correspond to promotion of strong female characters?
Message posted on 2010-06-20 07:43:52
Shiny said:
The girlfriend and the mother don't have names?
Message posted on 2010-07-01 07:50:09
Derrick Fish disagreed with the rating and said:
Sadly, their character names are completely pointless in this movie. They exist only to be "the girlfriend" and "the mother".

And while their nanosecond discussion of hair may pass the test on a purely technical level, I have to say that the spirit and intent of the test would declare the movie an utter failure. Just my two cents.
Message posted on 2010-08-04 20:23:29
nastebu said:
Robin, I don't think the test is about "strong" female characters. It's a question of whether there is any female presence in the movie at all outside of adjunct to men, and also a tool to get discussions like this going.

So it passes. And hopefully we also notice that this movie deeply sucks, for many reasons in addition to the weak, trivial, role of the hysterical mother and sex object girlfriend.
Message posted on 2011-05-30 17:43:45
kijrel disagreed with the rating and said:
According to Wikipedia, the mother doesn't have a name. So technically I think the conversation between the mother and the girlfriend does not count as a pass.
Message posted on 2013-11-21 01:15:28
jkhljhlk disagreed with the rating and said:
If both female characters aren't named it doesn't pass
Message posted on 2014-02-22 18:04:55
James said:
You guys are forgetting the ahem "spirit" of the "named character" part of the rule.

It is meant to exclude transient exchanges. For example: 15 seconds of a woman telling her female cab driver to take her to the airport wouldn't count.

But if a female character has a meaningful role in the film it doesn't matter if they are named or not, or if you can remember them.

Overtime I'll forget characters names in movies if they aren't iconic, repeated,or the actor is overshadowing the character they play. Other than Sam and Mikaela I don't remember in human Transformers character's name.

The movie is terrible. It is not a feminist work by any stretch of the imagination. But it passes, barely.
Message posted on 2014-02-22 23:42:48

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