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]] Strange Days (1995) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by Anne on 2010-01-31 05:19:54.



Anne said:
There's one character, Mace, who's an awesome armored-car driver, and who pulls the main character out of all sorts of scrapes. Unfortunately almost all the other female characters are prostitutes and talk only to the men. The sole reason this qualifies is that Mace tells her sister Cecilia "Get in the car. Now." Oh, and there's a nameless female thug who delivers a few tough-guy lines to Mace. On the whole, a bare pass, but in a way it's better to have a powerful female character who drives the plot than two relatively unimportant ones who have a few throwaway lines to each other. Better yet if Mace had had another good female character to talk to...
Message posted on 2010-01-31 05:19:54
E Lang disagreed with the rating and said:
I do disagree with the rating. Mace, the only female character that is able to help the movie pass the test, does all of the cool things she does not because she's this "awesome armored-car driver" who kicks ass left and right, but because she's oh so in love with Lenny... making it all about a man again (which sort of goes against the third rule of the Bechdel test). If the dialogue about loving someone who doesn't love you back... and the kiss at the end... were cut out, the movie would have been not only much better, but i think would have passed the test. But not as is.
Message posted on 2014-10-05 06:08:15

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