The Bechdel Test
The Bechdel test of women in movies has come up several times in converstation lately.
We saw the new film adaptation of Jane Eyre recently (quite a good one), and watched several trailers before the film. As usual, the trailers were chosen in the hope of appealing to the audience for the movie that was showing. There were trailers for several costumey historical dramas that didn’t particularly interest me, and a preview for Hanna, the action-thriller about a girl assassin, which looked kind of interesting.
Jane Eyre and Hannah are movies with nothing in common. The advertisers probably thought that the audience for Jane Eyre would like Hanna for the mere fact that it, too, is about a heroic girl. And they’re right. We so rarely get a chance to see a movie with a girl as the hero that Hanna seemed much more intriguing than that genre usually is to me.
Of the movies you’ve seen in the past year, how many would pass the Bechdel test?