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

[[2]] The Birdcage (1996) [imdb]

This movie passed 2 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by SuperBee on 2013-12-24 06:35:22.



SuperBee said:
Louise and Barbara Keeley do have a conversation directly together in the beginning of the movie BUT the entire conversation is about the man Barbara intends to marry or about Senator Keeley.
Message posted on 2013-12-24 06:35:22
luminum disagreed with the rating and said:
This is incorrect, though it's admittedly minimal. It should be a 3 of 3 pass.

If we first exclude Mrs. Coleman for being Albert in drag, then we're left with four named women characters: Katherine, her assistant, Imelda, Louise Keeley, and Barbara Keeley.

Katharine Archer tells her assistant Imelda to cancel all her appointments.

When Barbara and her parents arrive in South Beach, Louise comments that this is less like Palm Beach than she thought, and Barbara responds that the family bought it when it was all sand and the development grew around them.

When they arrive, Barbara asks Louise if she likes the decor, and Louise responds that she really likes it as a vacation house and its severity.

At the end of the film, Louise Keeley tells her husband that she'll explain this to him in the car and tells Barbara to come along. Barbara says that she's not going. Her mother, Louise, tells her not to do this to her and that she might not be as vulnerable as Mrs. Coleman, but somebody's got to like her best. Though she is comparing herself to Mrs. Coleman (Albert), who is in drag, the topic is about Louise and her needs and needing her daughter to support her.
Message posted on 2015-11-09 01:56:34
Justin disagreed with the rating and said:
In addition to what luminum stated. The scene where the characters are siting around the dining table, discussing what is on the china. Louise Keeley asks Barbara Keeley to go get her glasses. Barbara leaves, comes back and informs Louise that she couldn't find them.
Message posted on 2020-03-28 19:31:00

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