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 Graduate (1967) [imdb]

This movie passed 2 of 3 tests. It was entered by neil (webmaster) on 2009-12-28 22:24:40.



neil (webmaster) said:
The only two lines of dialogue between two women is:

Mrs. Robinson: It's too late!
Elaine: Not for me!

This is presumably about her running away with Ben, at the very end of the movie (last spoken lines actually).
Message posted on 2009-12-28 22:24:40
Ralph Dratman said:
It is interesting that The Graduate only passes the "talk to each other" test in the last two lines of dialog, as though the women's selves just barely mattered. On the other hand, this last exchange of words is especially meaningful, with an impact something like Lear's "Never, ever, ever" as he mourns the loss of his beloved Cordelia, whose death he brought about by his own vain and selfish behavior. I agree without reserves that The Graduate passes.
Message posted on 2018-03-05 01:04:14

> Add comment

> Add review

Back to the list.

Privacy policy