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on 4 Jun 2010 01:38

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Passing The Bechdel Test

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1. Aliens (1986)
Ellen Ripley as she returns to the planet where her crew encountered the hostile Alien creature, this time accompanied by a unit of Colonial Marines

This movie passes mainly for the interaction between Ripley and Newt.

~ Ferro and Vasquez talk about Ripley at the beginning of the movie.
~ Ripley talks a lot with Newt.
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2. Baby Mama (2008)

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3. Beautiful Creatures (2013)

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4. Bound (1996)

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5. But, I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

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6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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7. Donnie Darko (2001)

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8. Thelma & Louise (1991)
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9. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
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10. Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
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11. Death Proof (2007)

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12. Legally Blonde (2001)
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13. Whip It (2009)
~ Various conversations between team members about family relationships and roller derby.
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14. Mean Girls (2004)

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15. The Descent (2005)
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16. Bring It On (2000)

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17. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

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18. Silent Hill (2006)
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19. Zombieland (2009)

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20. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
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21. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

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22. Perfect Blue (1997)

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23. The Incredibles (2004)
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24. The House Bunny (2008)

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25. Ghost World (2001)

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26. An Education (2009)

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27. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
~ Bianca & Chastity talk about the difference between like and love
~ Bianca thanks Kat for going to the prom
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28. She's The Man (2006)
~ Viola and Kia talk about what colleges are best if they want to play soccer
~ Viola and her mom talk about (not) attending the debutante ball
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29. Scooby-Doo (2002)
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30. Heathers (1988)
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In order to pass the Bechdel Test a film should:

1. Have at least two women (named characters) in it,
2. Who talk to each other,
3. About something besides a man.

Simple, right?

It is based on Alison Bechdel's 1985 comic

Video on the topic
Screenwriter John August muses on the topic
Jennifer Kesler has an interesting piece on the issue

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Comments

Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jun 4 20:55
Ghost World and Perfect Blue pass as well.

I remember reading about this a while back and being blown away how many movies - even some of my favourites - don't pass the test. It's quite depressing.
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Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jun 5 2:30
Adding your suggestions. It's really sad at the lack of strong, interesting female characters who are not defined in terms of some guy.

But I'm happy that one of my favorite action movies (Aliens) is on the list :)
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Jun 5 7:31
'An education' passes as well

Sad to see so little progress :(
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jul 16 15:32
Heathers.
Posted: 4 years, 5 months ago at Jul 16 15:32
Great list. I had never heard of this. I wonder how many of my favorites pass the test. I like that two Tarantino movies made the list. It seems like he is always being accused of misogyny.
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Sep 24 21:11
Serenity.
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Sep 24 22:07
Nice list! It would be interesting to see a list of movies that do not pass the test. :-D
Posted: 4 years, 2 months ago at Sep 28 1:28
Suggestions:
Baby Mama
But I'm a Cheerleader
Donnie Darko
Scooby Doo
Posted: 4 years ago at Dec 9 22:08
Another excellent list. Many of my favorite films horribly failed this test. Eh, go figure.

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