11 Movies In 2013 That Failed The Bechdel Test

The Bechdel test tries to identify gender bias in fiction. Let’s see which movies in 2013 failed the test.

For a piece of work (in this case a movie) to pass the Bechdel test it must:

1. Have at least two named women.
2. These women talk to each other.
3. They must talk about something besides a man.

1. Identity Thief

Failed! Although, there is a moment where two women exchange a couple of words regarding doing the dishes. Fascinating and captivating scene.

2. 21 & Over

Failed for having, like, one woman character in the movie.

3. Oblivion

It failed because there are two (or more) women in this movie, but they only talk about a man.

4. Mud

As someone here said, “The film just isn’t interested in them [women]. They are victims, villains or objects of desire for the men and that’s it.”

That’s what I’m talking about! Not really though.

5. Jack the Giant Slayer

Failed! Also, it appears only men have the proper qualifications of being giants in this movie.

6. The Hangover Part III

Failed! No interesting conversations between women here that don’t involve men.

7. Now You See Me

As someone here said, “I feel like this movie ignored the presence of women at best. (Melanie’s character seemed more of a construct than anything else.)”

8. After Earth

After abandoning our precious planet Earth, women apparently don’t talk to one another on the new planet.

9. The Internship

It failed because there are two (or more) women in this movie, but they don’t talk to one another.

10. The Purge

It failed because there are two (or more) women in this movie, but they only talk about a man.

11. This Is the End

Rihanna, Emma Watson, and Mindy Kaling are in this movie. They never talk to each other, but all the alluring conversations they have with the men really draw the viewer in — nope.

To read more about the Bechdel test, see its Wikipedia page or read the BuzzFeed article about an interview with Alison Bechdel.

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