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

[[2]] The Witches (2020) [imdb]

This movie passed 2 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by Lotte Collin on 2020-11-30 16:34:48.



Lotte Collin said:
It is based on Roald Dahl's book "The Witches" so inevitably the ideas are a bit outdated. The only two named female characters are the grandmother, who is a main role, and "Mrs Jenkins". They only discuss Mrs Jenkins son, after he has turned into a mouse, and because Mr Jenkins is also there, Mrs Jenkins doesn't say much, and then screams and runs away when her son (in the form of a mouse) is produced. Although one could argue that the large cohort of witches are female, it is specified that they are "not real women", they only appear like them, and are, in fact, not even human. This portrayal of women (which I am not necessarily condemning, as the book was written long ago and it's for entertainment purposes) is harmful and teachers children to be scared of "kind ladies". I feel that even if the witches were classed as women, the way they are portrayed would negate any progressiveness in the casting of the film. I also feel that due to the nature of the conversation between the grandmother and Mrs Jenkins, it doesn't really pass the test.
Message posted on 2020-11-30 16:34:48
Jenny disagreed with the rating and said:
They are female. I don't believe they need to be women or human to pass the test. That's why the movie Cats passed as well.
Message posted on 2021-02-19 04:17:03

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