Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Bechdel test

With the summer blockbusters coming in, I was reminded of this test...

A movie passes the Bechdel test if it satisfies the following requirements:
1. It has to have at least two women in it,
2. Who talk to each other,
3. About something besides a man.

The last two movies I saw were Coraline (which passes with shining colours -- Coraline talks to her mom and the other residents of the apartment about lots of stuff), and Star Trek (that sort of barely makes it because two of the women talk about work. In one scene. Before getting distracted by a mostly naked man. Hrm.)

Think about the last few movies you saw. Do they pass?


Katie said...

I don't think that Star Trek does pass. Uhura is talking about work, but her roommate is "um-hm-ing" along hoping the naked guy isn't noticed. So the conversation is really about men, it just doesn't sound like it (if that makes sense). It was still a good movie, it just totally fails the Bechdel test.

Katie said...

Sadly, most movies I've watched—including the two most recent, The Fire Within and The Fog of War—utterly fail. I'd like to change my viewing habits to fix that.

I apply the Bechdel test to books, too, and I'm heartened that the science fiction discussion club at my workplace has decided to choose a (TBD) book with a strong female protagonist for the next one we read. I just hope it doesn't turn out to be a Heinlein one.

Gail Carmichael said...

The last movie I saw was Waking Ned Devine. I believe it passes, but I can't recall for sure what the women say to each other. If they said anything, it was about money and the lottery ;)