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]] Legally Blonde (2001) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Vicky on 2010-04-13 18:23:41.



Vicky said:
The hero is a woman, and I'm sure she talks to other women about things that are not men (that are related to hair and nails, maybe, but not men) ie, the beauty shop lady, and isn't the judge at the end a woman?
Message posted on 2010-04-13 18:23:41
Ally said:
This is not dubious. Elle gets Brooke to tell her her alibi for the murder which was that she was getting liposuction, Vivian tells Elle about the party and then lies about it being a costume party, Elle and Paulette discuss Vivian's looks, and Elle interviews Chutney on the witness stand and talks to the also female judge in the process.
Message posted on 2010-05-03 13:59:21
Mary said:
However, the whole reason Elle was at Harvard in the first place was because of a man, technically tainting her interactions there. Also, in the courtroom scenes, all conversation lingered around the murder of a man. Nitpicky, yes, but I can understand why this is classified as dubious given the nature of the movie's plot.
Message posted on 2010-05-13 22:01:13
neil (webmaster) said:
Still, the test is about conversations, not about why those conversations take place. I've removed the dubious flag from this movie and the disagreement flag from Ally's post.
Message posted on 2010-10-09 18:45:21
luminum said:
I'll also add that unmistakably, Stromwell calls on Elle to answer a question about the reading, and when she cannot, Stromwell questions Vivian about whether Elle's lack of preparedness is acceptable, to which Vivian responds it is not, and supports Stromwell's decision to kick Elle out of the classroom.
Message posted on 2013-03-22 18:33:44
Ruthi said:
Yes, she started out going to Harvard because of Warner, but in the end, it's not even about her relationship with who she eventually gets married to (Emmett). You actually don't even find out she's dating Emmett until the very, very end. It's about a woman finding herself and realizing she is strong and that she is strong on her own, not because of who she is dating or what she looks like.
Message posted on 2013-08-04 21:55:40
Riene said:
Elle and Vivian also have a short conversation in Elle's dorm room about her dog, Bruiser. He is a male dog, but I don't think it counts as talking about a man, considering he's not human.
Message posted on 2013-08-17 10:28:15
bela disagreed with the rating and said:
This movie passes the test for numerous reasons. In the first 18 minutes, we are introduced to elle woods who has a group of supportive friends, who instead of questioning her, support her in her quest for harvard. Her counselor gives her all the information for how to succeed, and when she gets to boston, her first friend is Paulette, who she goes on to assist in retrieving her dog, and paulette helps her mull over her legal trial. In the beginning of the film, they pit Elle and Vivianne against each other but eventually they bring them together, i think this is especially prevalent in the scene where vivianne and elle talk about the case and vivianne says she is impressed with her. Then there is Elle and Brooke, who although they do talk about a man, it is only because it pertains to the murder case that Elle is literally a lawyer on her legal team. I think that’s enough reasons for this movie to pass the test.
Message posted on 2021-04-26 23:40:03

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