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]] The Lobster (2015) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by Marion de Jong on 2015-12-17 18:42:13.



Marion de Jong said:
Two women talk about an arrangement about the plot. It's a relevant part in the movie. It happens in other moments but still this part is the most important of women talking.
Message posted on 2015-12-17 18:42:14
MisterTao said:
Outside of the male lead and his dog, none of the characters have names. This is a stylistic choice, and I don't think the film should fail because of it. There are several good female characters whose discussions progress the plot. There's a conversation with the female hotel manager, the girl with nosebleeds and her friend. There's a conversation with the lone leader and the maid. And a conversation with the lone leader and the short sighted girl.
Message posted on 2016-05-15 05:01:23
KWeber disagreed with the rating and said:
Watching this movie with the Bechdel test in mind, it honestly felt like this movie intentionally failed. There are plenty of times when women spoke to each other about things other than men, but none of the characters were named. I realize this was sort of a humorous aspect of this movie as most of the cast wasn't named but rather called things like "Room 187" or "biscuit woman".  But the three main male roles were actually named (David, Robert, and John), and even the main character's dog had a name (Bob).  It reached a level of absurdity when moments after a male character introduced his friend by name a female characters said "let me introduce you to my best friend" without saying her name. I would like to agree with you MisterTao, but given these other factors, it's hard to ignore the imbalance. The lobster technically fails the test and fails in the spirit of the Bechdel as well.
Message posted on 2017-04-16 01:42:48

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