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?

~ by lolarusa on June 6, 2011.

3 Responses to “The Bechdel Test”

  1. This is a very interesting post. I remember the year “Lost in Translation” won best picture or best director, or both, I can’t remember. The Academy Awards show brought all the winners on stage at the end, and there were three women present – best actor, best supporting actor, and Sofia Coppola as best director. About 90 men and three women.

    I’m not surprised at most of the movies in this video that failed the test. Many were boy movies. By that I mean boys who have not yet reached manhood movies. What I would be keen to see are 1) movies that surprisingly past the test, and 2) movies that surprisingly fail the test.

  2. Have you been to see Bridesmaids, yet? I loved it, and it would definitely pass the test.

  3. So far this year we’ve been to the cinema to see The King’s Speech, The Illusionist, Source Code, Jane Eyre, and Steam of Life. Of these five, only Source Code is what I would normally think of as a boys’ movie, but Jane Eyre and The King’s Speech are the only films on the list with two female characters who talk to each other (or, in the case of The Illusionist, mime to each other) for any reason.

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