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]] Donnie Darko (2001) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by Bob Summersgill on 2010-06-01 03:10:28.



Bob Summersgill said:
Minimal talk between female characters.
Message posted on 2010-06-01 03:10:28
Lith said:
"Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion."

It passes the test for that line alone.
Message posted on 2010-07-26 01:27:11
BatmanAoD said:
Yeah I agree with Lith. For a movie that's pretty much entirely about a disturbed male teenager, it's pretty brilliant that one of the best and funniest lines has absolutely nothing to do with him.
Message posted on 2011-06-14 15:47:39
BatmanAoD disagreed with the rating and said:
For the record I'd like to say that I disagree with the "dubious" rating. Sure, it doesn't feature very many conversations between female characters, but the "Sparkle Motion" conversation (which is one of the best and funniest parts of the movie, in my opinion, and is the line I most often quote) has pretty much nothing at all to do with a male character.
Message posted on 2011-06-14 15:50:36
Asta disagreed with the rating and said:
The parallel universe in which the movie takes place for the most part is created in order to get Donnie to die. While I don't agree with the theories that what happened in the parallel universe was only in Donnie's head, they are still valid. For this reason I would agree that while it passes the test, the circumstances are dubious.
Message posted on 2011-07-03 17:24:04
j said:
"I would agree that while it passes the test" -- Then why did you click "I disagree with the rating"?
Message posted on 2011-07-08 08:26:00
Joshua said:
Whether it happens in a parallel universe or in Donnie's mind, it still takes place within the film
Message posted on 2012-01-11 00:32:52
trina B disagreed with the rating and said:
Is that the only verbal interaction between women that isnt about men? If so, it doesnt count, unless there is a reply to the statement, "sometimes i doubt your commitment to sparkle motion", because a conversation is verbal communication between two parties, where both parties are actively communicating.
Message posted on 2013-06-14 04:17:47
Clarinda disagreed with the rating and said:
Kitty convinces Rose of leading the dance team, and begrudgingly Rose accepts. I think that this short conversation makes Donnie Darko pass.
Message posted on 2013-09-12 19:51:32
Allie disagreed with the rating and said:
I don't understand why this film's test result remains "dubious"; the film obviously passes the test, due to the famous "Sparkle Motion" line, as well as all other conversations between Kitty and Rose, and Kitty and her friends. There are also several lines of dialog exchanged between the therapist and Rose, though his father is also present, so I'm not sure if those particular lines count. However, there is obviously nothing "dubious" about this film's passing the test.
Message posted on 2013-10-06 18:40:51
Markus Amalthea Magnuson disagreed with the rating and said:
Leaning towards removing the dubious status as well. There's also an exchange between Samantha and Elizabeth:
– If it fell from the plane, then what happened to the plane?
– They don't know, Samantha
– Is there any way we can make money from this? Can't we get on television and sue the airline?
Message posted on 2016-01-28 20:03:55
Eric said:
What about the 2 school girls that talk about the school flooding? "there is water and feces everywhere" "what are feces?" "baby mice" "aww!"
Message posted on 2016-02-01 14:12:53
Nita Incognita said:
It definitely passes the Bechdel test on the Sparkle Motion conversation alone. See transcript:

Kitty: "Now as their coach, I was the obvious choice to chaperone them on the trip--"
Rose: "But now you can't go."
Kitty: "Yes."
Rose: "Mmm."
Kitty: "Now believe me, of all the other mothers, I would never dream of asking you. But none of the other mothers are available to go!"
Rose: "I dunno, Kitty. It's a bad weekend. Eddie's in New York."
Kitty: "ROSE! I don't know if you realize what an opportunity this is for our daughters! This is been a dream of Samantha's and, and all of ours, for a long time! I made her lead dancer! Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion!"
Message posted on 2018-05-16 23:00:35
anonymous said:
I'm surprised nobody has noted the scene at the parent-teacher assembly where they are discussing the vandalism of the school and whether or not the students should be reading the short story "The Destructors." If I remember correctly, the only people active in the argument are three of the (named) female characters.
Message posted on 2018-09-20 01:07:51

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