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]] Molly's Game (2017) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Anna on 2017-12-16 22:39:53.



Anna said:
I can remember Molly having a few conversations with women throughout the movie. In one Molly discusses the need to hedge her financial risk with her dealer, which in my view is a clear pass of the test.

In another she discusses setting up a game in New York with other women. Whilst the discussion is about recruiting (male) players, it is really about the financial terms of the game, so absent the conversation above, I think this conversation would be a (dubious) pass.

There may have been another couple of conversations with women that I have forgotten, but it's strange that a movie with *so* much dialogue and a strong female protagonist doesn't have more conversations between women...
Message posted on 2017-12-16 22:39:53
Mel disagreed with the rating and said:
Molly has I believe, TWO interactions with women. The first is with her boss' new assistant who asks her for contact information for the boss' poker game. So I don't feel that one counts and the second is with her new female dealer, who it is established is a Playboy playmate and they are discussing how to deal with men in the poker games and how much to charge them, all the while sitting on a bed in a hotel room. I say "No".
Message posted on 2017-12-27 22:21:55
Kristy said:
I agree about how few interactions with women there are in the film. Several scenes with her mother but no words exchanged. She does have a couple of brief exchanges with her lawyer's daughter about homework.
Message posted on 2018-01-07 20:14:37
Don't Mind Me Now said:
There is also Molly's exchange with Stella (the young daughter of Charlie Jaffey, Idris Elba's character) regarding the novel "The Crucible" and the Salem Witch Trials. (Charlie is briefly referenced, but Molly diverts the conversation quickly.)

Also note, I believe the name of the dealer referenced in the above comment is Shelby. I can't remember if all of the other women in the "setting up the game" discussion are named, however, but the other conversations are definite passes.
Message posted on 2018-01-09 00:50:27
Adrian said:
Was the dealer named? Maybe. I guess technically it's a pass but come on, she doesn't have a real conversation with another woman for the whole movie. Maybe #2 in the test should be refined to "have an actual conversation" instead of just "talk to each other." I was disappointed that there was so little interaction with other women shown in this movie, especially as you say in a movie with so much dialogue.
Message posted on 2018-01-10 19:39:20
Kath disagreed with the rating and said:
This post is wrong. To pass the Bechdrl test a female character with a name has to have a conversation with another named character. Those listed above were not given character name.
Message posted on 2018-01-10 20:52:50
MFAD said:
Molly has a conversation with Stella (the lawyer's daughter) about witch burnings/hangings in Salem.
Message posted on 2018-01-30 18:04:18
Daniel Kornguth said:
While it goes without saying that it's tragic and offensive that MOST movies don't past the test (particularly because the test seems so simple) I believe this movie does pass the test. She talks to Stella on more than one occasion - the longest conversation having to do with the Crucible and another having to do with poetry. Molly also talks to her dealer Shelby about taking chips off the table as a percentage take for the house. I should point out that I quite liked this movie (I know that's not the point); I mention this just to state that people complain that there aren't enough conversations about women in this movie and maybe there aren't. The point is it passes the test and is (in my opinion) a quality film. That's more than anyone can say about most movies, even some that pass the test.
Message posted on 2018-04-01 13:32:59
FJ said:
The dealer with whom Molly talks about the need for a rake is named B: "Not like Beatrice; just the initial." She's introduced by name in the scene where the NY game is first being set up. In that scene, B engages in "sarcastic dealing" in response to a comment from Molly about how fast she's moving.
Message posted on 2018-04-11 17:49:57
Juanfraner said:
As it is said, Molly talks to B and Stella. Clean pass, no objections.

Ad like to add that the whole character of Molly is ruined in a 5-minute conversation with her dad. We learn that the primer for her entire motivation is penis envy fueled by daddy issues. The misogynist Dr. Freud --the greatest fraud of 20th Century-- in action. So lame. A great movie ruined because of a 5-minute pseudo-psychological BS.
Message posted on 2018-07-01 21:40:55

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