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]] Showgirls (1995) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Bbonnn on 2009-12-17 23:04:26.



Bbonnn said:
Okay, so this is in no way a feminist movie, but it is true that the main female characters spend a significant amount of time talking about careers in show business (as dancers), and ruthlessly combating for the spotlight. Some of their rivalry centers around the attentions of the man who controls the spotlight, but much of it is pure ambition.
Message posted on 2009-12-17 23:04:26
Beth said:
This film is the perfect example of why passing the Bechdel test is not measure of feminism. Female characters have by far the most screen time and dialogue, but that dialogue is an male writer's completely ridiculous idea of how women talk and act amongst themselves.
Message posted on 2013-03-26 08:24:38
luminum said:
I don't think it's a dubious pass. The named, female characters definitely talk about things other than men.

The "dubious" aspect of it is that it's not a feminist film for several reasons, but that has no bearing on the dubiousness of the application of the test.
Message posted on 2013-03-26 15:32:13
Clarinda said:
I disagree because it's not dubious at all that it passes the three criteria. 1- Cristal talks with Nomi about how she got her first leading role and admits that having too much ambitious is unavoidable.
2- Nomi's understudy - I can't remember now her name - and Nomi talk about the former's role in the chorus.
3- Molly, the seamstress, pushes Nomi to be ambitious, and to go to the casting for the chorus line at the casino where she works. She will defend Nomi when Cristal appears and suggests that she dances like a whore.
4- Molly and Nomi argue about the ethics of pushing somebody down the stairs to get her job.
5- The first day at Nomi's chorus line job, several female dancers make remarks about the stressing job, the difficulty of being a mother - there are some children messing around - and how it all ends with age.
Message posted on 2013-09-21 22:12:41
neil (webmaster) said:
I've removed the dubious flag.
Message posted on 2013-09-22 10:17:55
Lol said:
Showgirls, regrettably, does pass the bechdel test.
Message posted on 2021-09-16 23:05:28
Carly Griffith said:
I think this movie is an incredible piece of feminist literature and I would love to discuss this further with someone.
Message posted on 2023-03-25 03:07:59

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