Week Four: Critical Frameworks The Bechdel Test Part I
Black Swan – Passes the test because the two main people are Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis and they talk about ballet.
Drive – Does not pass the test because it does not have more than 2 women.
Ides of March – Does not pass the test because the women don’t talk to each other.
The Help – It passes the test because it’s a mainly women cast who talk of things not having to do with men.
Crazy, Stupid, Love – Does not pass the test. The women in the movie don’t speak to each other about anything other than men.
Sherlock Holmes II – Does not pass the test.
Kung-Fu Panda II – The women characters don’t talk to each other.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II – Though the film has multiple strong women, they rarely talk and if they do it’s about the men in the movie.
50/50 – It has multiple women characters but they do not converse.
Puss in Boots – It had some women but they did not talk to each other.
The Bechdel Test was a really interesting way of looking at something that most people overlook. Filmmakers are not degrading women explicitly, but instead are limiting their roles and typecasting them into roles that enforce stereotypes. If they do put multiple female roles into a movie, they usually are there to talk about the male protagonist. It’s a shame that there aren’t many roles women can play without having to lean on a man.