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]] It (2017) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Rhianna on 2017-09-09 18:54:21.



Rhianna said:
Beverly and Greta have a brief conversation in the girls bathroom about Beverly's reputation. It's a short exchange but it just passes.
Message posted on 2017-09-09 18:54:21
Dave disagreed with the rating and said:
Greta is bullying Beverly, specifically for her perceived promiscuity with boys. It's a bit of a grey area i suppose but I would say since it's the only interaction that could even qualify, this is worth examining as a scene that doesn't pass.
Message posted on 2017-09-28 05:00:49
David said:
Beverly and greta talk about beverly's reputation....of being a slut and doing every boy in school. So i think it does not pass the test.
Message posted on 2017-10-03 13:48:17
Matt disagreed with the rating and said:
I think that although superficially it passes the test, the conversation was about her reputation as a slut... which is really about sexism and men. I don't think it counts.
Message posted on 2017-10-05 03:52:39
Steve disagreed with the rating and said:
I also think this movies fails the test. When one female character is bullying another for being "a slut" and sleeping with a bunch of guys, that is a conversation about men.
Message posted on 2017-10-23 21:09:46
Jesus said:
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

They don't talk about a man.
I don't care about bullshit semantics and stipulations.

That's called MOVING THE GOALPOST and is a Informal LOGICAL FALLACY
Message posted on 2017-11-05 22:26:37
James disagreed with the rating and said:
There's only one scene of a female bully teasing a female. The bully teases her for promiscuity with boys. strike one. And this shouldn't be considered talking to each other. Strike two.
Message posted on 2017-11-08 04:10:31
Nathan said:
I agree with the rating, but not the example given, when Beverley wakes up in the sewers she and It have a brief conversation about Beverley not fearing It. It is female (although taking on the image of a male clown).
Message posted on 2017-12-21 18:57:04
Jamie said:
I don't know if this counts but Beverly talks to Eddie's mother, Mrs Kaspbrak, when they return from the Neibolt house. BUT we only know her surname, tho her first name is Sonia in the book. Mrs K drops her keys, and Bev says something like "let me get those". Mrs K then responds (something like), "No! I know about you Miss Marsh and I don't want a dirty girl like you touching my son." But again, I don't know if this counts since:

A. Is Mrs K actually named? Richie calls her Mrs K once, but the movie audience doesn't know her first name (Sonia)

B. Technically, she's talking about Eddie.

I don't think the Gretta/Beverly exchange counts.
Message posted on 2018-01-24 19:44:54
Karto said:
To everyone who is saying the bathroom scene doesn't count because Beverly is being bullied, that has nothing to do with the test! If two named female characters talk to each other about something other than a man, it counts - even if one of them is being mean.
Message posted on 2018-05-08 11:24:51
gloria disagreed with the rating and said:
I disagree because although IT is female, we don't know at the time (it won't be revealed until the sequel) and all other conversations involving beverly are about boys in some way. But it's kind of purposeful that bev only talks to other girls about boys- her mom isn't around and her dad is abusive, so her relationships with the boys is the closer friendship and somewhat revolves around reclaiming her own sexuality and femininity. she gets moved into the "damsel in distress" in the third act which is pretty annoying but that's mostly because there needed to be something at stake for someone other than billy.
Message posted on 2018-05-26 15:37:41

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