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]] Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by J on 2014-05-02 05:33:48.



J said:
Aunt May and Gwen Stacy never talk to each other. I will give it credit for passing the Tauriel Test with Gwen Stacy who is depicted as being good at science, and perhaps better than Peter. He's only able to defeat Electro with her help.

May is a nurse, so both ladies get something to do other than being in danger.
Message posted on 2014-05-02 05:33:48
Jake said:
There was a third woman, Felicia (Harry Osborne's assistant), but she never met the other two. Gwen Stacy's mom also appeared very briefly, but I don't think she was named here (she might have been in the first movie, and definitely is in the comics), and if I remember correctly all she did was invite Peter to join them.
Message posted on 2014-05-08 17:31:37
Spider-man Fan said:
Spiderman is a male. It is told through his point of view. He will hear most conversations. At the beginning his mom and May talk. We do not hear but it doesn't say that they talk about Peter. The woman are a big part in the movie. Spiderman would have died without her. Gwen breaks up with him. Do Not forget about Felicia. She was in there.
Message posted on 2014-05-08 17:52:58
J said:
I sometimes champion the old "If the story is about dude, through his perspective it'll be really hard to pass the test even if there are a lot" argument but that is utter nonsense in this movie.

There are plenty of scenes outside Peter's perspective. Even if Peter was a woman, a lot of Electro and Harry's material would still pass the male version of the test.

Gwen Stacy, May and Felicia never have conversations with other women. So it fails.

Message posted on 2014-05-09 08:10:45
Rajiv said:
Thanks for the spoiler "Spider-man Fan". WTF! This site is to determine whether a film passes the Bechdel Test, not for you to ruin the movie for those who haven't seen it by giving parts of the story-line away!
Message posted on 2014-05-24 21:52:39
Serena said:
The ladies never talk to each other and spider man is clearly stalking Gwen.
Message posted on 2014-06-19 04:16:02
Jeff Legge disagreed with the rating and said:
In the graduation scene, Aunt May asks Gwen and Peter to take a picture together. Gwen follows up with "it's good to see you". Not really talking about a man.. I don't know. Maybe that's iffy?

Gwen also speaks with her mother immediately before this, but the dialogue is muddled. Seemingly the topic of discussion would be the graduation, though.
Message posted on 2014-08-04 20:22:01
KFrosty said:
@Jeff Legge, that is a scene that does not count, mainly because the two women don't share an exchange. If it were a personal exchange, i would be more along the lines of "Hey Gwen, I would like to take a picture of you" followed by the quote "[of course,] it's good to see you"

without them both acknowledging one another, it doesn't count as them "talking to each other"

I haven't seen the film, so I may be proven wrong about this
Message posted on 2014-09-04 04:02:50
Dim_Sum said:
That sounds like a paradox of vagueness, KFrosty. No meaningful distinction on what is and isn't an exchange is not a good sign for a test like this.
Message posted on 2014-09-24 07:40:31
MKay disagreed with the rating and said:
At the graduation scene there is a moment when Gwen and her mother speak, although it is only ambiance, so you cannot clearly hear what they are saying. However, they are laughing and hugging and not looking at Peter at all, so you can assume they are not talking about him. In between shots Gwen and May talk, when May opens the door and greets Gwen, however, Gwen would then ask to see Peter. When Harry is in his meeting (before Peter comes in) there is one woman at the table and Harry's assistant Felicia standing farther away, but it is not shown if they ever speak.
Message posted on 2015-07-15 14:15:45
Kievan said:
Going stage-by-stage:
1 - There is more than one named woman. (Yes, there is Gwen, May, and Felicia. No other named female characters feature, and Gwen’s mother is not named.)
2 - They talk to each other. (No, there is no point where any of these three women exchange dialogue. Inaudible or implied dialogue does not count.)
3 - About something other than a man. (No, see 2.)
Message posted on 2021-09-01 06:50:35

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