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]] Captain Marvel (2019) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Joana on 2019-03-07 23:09:59.



Joana said:
Main character is female and has a best friend who also has a daughter. They're all strong and independent women who talk a lot and about a lot of things, including saving the world.
Message posted on 2019-03-07 23:09:59
Meggie said:
Totally agree.
There's conversation between Carol and Mar-vell too.
And none of these women has relationship based on any man.
I think it passes the test not just technically, but in sprit.
Message posted on 2019-03-21 06:44:23
mm said:
there are 5 prominent women characters: Carol, Marie, Monica, Dr. Wendy Lawson, and Minn-Erva. These women interact with each other (mostly each one interacts with Carol, though Marie and Monica have dialogue scenes together because they are mother and daughter).

I cannot recall a single instance when they discuss men at all. These characters are the driving force of the film, with Dr. Lawson as the catalyst for the plot.
Message posted on 2019-03-23 13:45:16
Novelyst said:
Whilst I agree, I feel that the approach to feminism in the movie was rather on the nose. It felt like they were congratulating themselves for something other movies studios have done years before them...? DC even beat them to it, and then they just shove in a 'women should smile more' joke. What's the punchline, that the guy is a douche?
Message posted on 2019-03-23 19:59:07
Jen said:
Carol speaks with Dr. Wendy Larson about Goose the cat and their mission. Vers talks to the Supreme Intelligence, who to her resembles Dr. Larson.

Carol and Maria speak to each other mostly about Carol's disappearance. Carol and Monica talk to each other about their past and what things Carol left behind when she disappeared. Monica tells Maria to go on the mission and be a good role model for her.
Message posted on 2019-04-01 21:00:39
lbutlr said:
This might pass some super Bechdel test as the women in the movie *never* talk about a man.
Message posted on 2019-04-02 10:21:15
Vesta said:
The main character also has an older female mentor figure.
Message posted on 2019-04-09 05:42:40
Luciana said:
i agree cause they do not talk about man in any part and they show the women power
Message posted on 2019-05-13 21:09:08
Melissa said:
Even better, there's an OLDER strong woman character who is a scientist (okay, she's also an alien, but still...) who has a conversation with the main character about saving the world.
Message posted on 2019-05-16 15:42:32
Nicholas said:
I have a reply to Novelyst. DC BARELY did it first. In any of the more modern, rigorous versions of the Bechdel test that also factor in the lack of necessity for romantic love to empower a woman to succeed in her endeavors, Wonder Woman failed miserably. Captain Marvel could win any version/level of the test while wonder woman scratches barely on the base test.
Message posted on 2019-08-19 07:03:55
Emily said:
Late to the game, I know. In response to Novelyst regarding the scene where the man says Carol should smile, the way I see it is that the "punchline" is that Carol took the man's bike. Initially, she just ignored him but after his line and him walking into the store, she steals his bike. I think that showed her what kind of person he was and had he been more respectful, I don't believe she would have taken his motorcycle.
Message posted on 2021-03-29 17:02:12
Dante said:
I think that the bechdel test hardly works for men in this case. We never really talk about that you could do the exact same test for the men and it would result worse.
Message posted on 2021-03-30 08:30:42
cyborg42 said:
I think that making Mar-Vell a woman, instead of not showing that character altogether was a bad idea, making Monica a little kid doesn't work either for me, she should have been carol's inspiration, not the other way around. also, why do they imply that was Carol that invented the name Avengers? in the comics was Janet Van Dyne's idea...
Message posted on 2022-04-10 15:36:20

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