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]] Alita: Battle Angel (2019) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Lepio on 2019-02-14 19:31:07.



Lepio said:
The movie passes based on Avery brief scene showing the first meeting between Alita and Dr Chiren. Chiren comments on her arm and Alita rebuffs here. It’s basically limited to two lines of dialogue but it does pass.
Message posted on 2019-02-14 19:31:07
Colin Chapman disagreed with the rating and said:
These comments were still in the context of a discussion about the male father. Does this count?
Message posted on 2019-03-12 18:45:41
MJ said:
I definitely do agree with the rating according to the test, however, if you have read the original manga on which this movie is based on, Alita (also known as Gally in the manga) does not focus as much on Hugo (the love interest). The movie overly focused on this male character when he did not provide much development for Alita's motive to head to Salem and figure out who she really is, and I found it to be a poor tool that fell under the stereotype that a love interest is needed for a female need. What do you all think?
Message posted on 2019-03-23 00:48:39
Evin said:
In the very beginning when alita wakes up the nurse (I forget her name but she is named) says "hello sleepyhead" and alita responds "hi"
And then when Dr. Chiren stopping her too.

It does pass but it's very minimal
Message posted on 2019-03-23 05:13:07
Aduro said:
@Colin Chapman
The man is only indirectly related.

The scene is significant because Chiren is irritated that her ex kept their daughter's prosthetic body and gave it to some girl.

But technically Chiren only asked about the prosthetic body itself and Alita didn't mention Ido.

If we remove any conversations that are related to things that are related to men. Then half the passing movies on the site would drop off the list.
Message posted on 2019-03-27 01:37:40
dan said:
Chiren is interested in Alita because she knows its her daughters body. It does not involve or reference Ido. Alita has a training sequence with Gelda (her female mentor) that is about technique and tenacity.
Message posted on 2019-03-30 14:38:05
Mercedes said:
No the conversation is in context of Chiren's daughter, not the father figure, the same characters have another conversation later in the movie, but that is in the context of saving a male character.
In general conversations in this movie are rather brief,
so the first conversation between Chiren and Alita is about the average length of a
conversation in the movie.
Other verbal exchanges between named female characters, like Nessaya's to Alita or Gelda to Alita are
responded to non verbally.
Message posted on 2019-04-23 13:09:10
Russell disagreed with the rating and said:
Dr Chiren and Alita have a second meeting near the end of the film where they discuss Alita giving her life to save her boyfriend.
Message posted on 2019-07-24 15:52:50
TIA said:
In the battle scene on the moon, and on zhalem, two non-males, with names we know point out to each other combatants who need to be killed. Does not specify if they are men or women. Even, if they are men, I think the Bechdel test is not violated. Maybe even passed with flying colors :-D
Message posted on 2019-09-22 22:23:06
Benjamin said:
Gelda isn't addressed by name at all in the movie, so the flashbacks don't count.
Message posted on 2019-11-11 14:10:47

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