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Films that do pass the Bechdel test?

57 replies

TimeWasting · 30/05/2011 20:57

Struggling to think of any. Confused

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Adair · 30/05/2011 20:59

Spirited Away

Adair · 30/05/2011 21:00


Panzee · 30/05/2011 21:00


AliceWorld · 30/05/2011 21:00
TimeWasting · 30/05/2011 21:17

Ooh, good website AliceWorld, thank you. Smile

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AliceWorld · 30/05/2011 21:35

My head is full of crap useful information.

LRDTheFeministDragon · 30/05/2011 22:20

That site is great, thanks Alice.

My Neighbour Totoro must be good too ... I love that film.

blackcurrants · 30/05/2011 22:34

I just saw "Bridesmaids" and LOVED it. Lots of women talking about their lives - and my friend, when we left the cinema, said "and the men barely said anything" with obvious pleasure. It's true- there are some men, and they say a few things - but the point of the story is the women and their friendships.

Top stuff. Patchy in place, but it made me laugh till I was gasping at others - I want to see it again Grin

SindyTellsMe · 30/05/2011 22:40

Hmm, massive Ghibli fan, but Totoro and Spirited both have a male love interest...

Does the test decree that the two female characters not talk about a man at all, or just that they talk about other things?

SindyTellsMe · 30/05/2011 22:40

Actually, Totoro's "love story" is just a friendship, really.

SindyTellsMe · 30/05/2011 22:42

[Safe] is springing to mind immediately

PrinceHumperdink · 30/05/2011 22:43

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Greythorne · 30/05/2011 22:43

Steel magnolias
The women do talk about men a lot, but they also talk about friendship, careers, life, how to cater a wedding (!), death, God.

LRDTheFeministDragon · 30/05/2011 22:44

Sindy, I think they're allowed to talk about men some of the time, just not all of it! Browsing that site it's depressing how many films never show two women talking about anything except a man ... and the Harry Potters are obviously on the edge, which is poor.

Greythorne · 30/05/2011 22:44

They justbhave tomtalk about something other than men. Not exclusively.

LRDTheFeministDragon · 30/05/2011 22:45

Oh, I love Steel Magnolias! That's made me think - How to Make an American Quilt. I don't think that has men in it who talk about anything but women!

Gerrof · 30/05/2011 22:47

Beaches - they talk to each other about lifelong friendship, class differences, and the care of one of the character's daughters when one dies.

Fried Green Tomatoes - Jessica Tandy talks to Kathy Burke about her younger days, the chracaters in the flashback talk about a cannibal barbecue, amongst other things.

Gerrof · 30/05/2011 22:48

Working Girl - Signourney Weaver, Melanie Griffith and Joan Cusack talk about work.

SindyTellsMe · 30/05/2011 22:49

Thanks LRD & Greythorne.

I'm finding the "to each other" bit depressingly difficult to get past...

SindyTellsMe · 30/05/2011 22:50

[Safe] has Carol & Claire engaged in a meaningful (and very 80's New Age) discussion about self-love. It really shines out in a film about the impact of living with sterile communication & environment.

LRDTheFeministDragon · 30/05/2011 22:52

Sindy - Safe sounds good - is it a fun watch? I'm seeing a trip to the video rental in the offing ... Grin

Time, thanks for starting this thread!

MerylStrop · 30/05/2011 22:53

Mama Mia! Well they sing to each other anyway. Ditto Sound Of Music
My Summer Of Love
Black Swan

SindyTellsMe · 30/05/2011 22:57

LRD it's quite a distressing film, to be honest, but I think it's a masterpiece. It's about a woman who appears to have chemical sensitivity, but leaves the viewer with a lot of questions.

SindyTellsMe · 30/05/2011 23:01

sticking with Ghibli... Kiki's Delivery Service looks like a cute cartoon about a young witch, but mainly consists of women talking to each other about getting ahead with integrity in business.

SindyTellsMe · 30/05/2011 23:05

crikey... do Ripley and Newt talking about Aliens count?!

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