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]] Beauty and the Beast (2017) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by Mink on 2017-03-19 01:16:41.



Mink said:
Belle talks to Mrs. Potts, plummete, an madame gaderobe about the enchantress and the castle. Mrs. Potts invites Belle to dinner. But the do discuss the beast a lot
Message posted on 2017-03-19 01:16:41
Raspberry said:
Belle also talks to the little girl in the village and teaches her to read. The girl is unnamed, but they certainly have a conversation that is not about men (unless, possibly, that bluebird in the book was male).
Message posted on 2017-03-29 16:59:18
Eleanor said:
One of the interesting things about Beauty and the Beast was that though the women mostly discussed the Beast, the men mostly discussed Belle (admittedly they also discussed the Beast and the curse a lot). And this is because it's a romance where you see both sides of the story. So it's kind of a special case.
Message posted on 2017-04-05 13:57:12
Sam said:
I don't think it's dubious. Belle's first exchange with Garderobe doesn't mention the Beast, or any other man at all, it's Garderobe complimenting Belle's appearance and Belle refuting the idea of her being a princess. It's a short conversation, but that still counts.
The Bechdel test doesn't mean every conversation between women has to be about something other than a man, it's just supposed to be at least one, because it's such a low bar.
Message posted on 2017-04-06 15:57:09
Dee said:
I think the writer meant "dubious" because the original fairy tale is hardly feminist and even the modern updating of the story leaves a lot wanting. You're right, it does pass the Bechdel Test and it is a low bar :)
Message posted on 2018-08-11 23:34:10

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