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]] Dogma (1999) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by Jinx on 2010-05-22 01:07:54.



Jinx said:
Of the 3 main women in this movie, one is a woman, one is a "Muse", and one is "God", and doesn't speak at all - in words!

Does it count?
Message posted on 2010-05-22 01:07:54
Tito said:
There's a conversation in the beginning, in the abortion clinic: the main character is talking with a female colleague about faith and religion. There's a sentence about a boy, but that's not very relevant for the conversation, just an humorous point.

I think the movie passes the test.

btw, sorry about my English
Message posted on 2010-05-26 20:59:37
Red said:
Even though the muse and god are not human, they still identify as female and are strong main characters who do interact with the human Bethany.

The only reason god doesn't "speak" is because her unfiltered voice literally blows human minds. She still reacts to Bethany's questions as best as she can and pays her loving (even if playful) attention.

The muse talks to Bethany about a lot of things such as faith and the folly of pride.
Message posted on 2012-05-04 00:46:18
luminum said:
Definitely passes. The muse's name is Serendipity, the Muse of Inspiration. The 13th Apostle mentions her name when she first shows up.
Message posted on 2012-06-07 04:30:13
Jack disagreed with the rating and said:
There is nothing dubious about it. Bethany and Liz have a conversation about Bethany's faith and why she goes to church, and later Bethany and Serendipity discuss the movies Serendipity inspired.
Message posted on 2013-11-06 19:09:41
Tara said:
I agree that The conversation between Bethany and Liz counts, But in the conversation between Serendipity and Bethany Serendipity states that she is not technically a woman.
Message posted on 2013-11-23 15:44:50
Sam said:
Could it not be argued that Bethany's conversations with Alan Rickman count because he is God's voice?
Message posted on 2014-11-22 02:54:59
SaffyDahling said:
^...and God is played by a woman!

I really want this movie to pass!
Message posted on 2016-01-15 05:57:11
Chelsi disagreed with the rating and said:
I mean I really want the rating to be right. But Liz suggests that Bethany gets "filled" then questions her sexuality. As much as I love the conversation between Bethany and Serendipity, Serendipity lacks definition.
Message posted on 2016-11-12 23:51:03
Bobbi said:
Kevin Smith is more inclusive than most mainstream writers but his stories typically revolve around straight white males. Which is fine because he is a straight white male and he doesnt like to talk about things he hasnt experienced. Most of his movies are about his life, as a metaphor. Clerks practically was his life before his film career.

In addition to the Liz and Bethany about abortion/religion, there was a really good deleted scene where Bethany talks to a young woman about her third abortion. Having said all that, if you pay close attention the majority of conversations in the movie are between men, or between Bethany and a man, or two.
Message posted on 2021-08-09 16:49:02

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