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The Tom Cruise character has a female partner, Victoria or "Vicka". Their supervisor appears to be a woman named Sally, who communicates exclusively with Vicka over a video link from an orbiting space station. They discuss the mission assignments and related requests.

Later in the movie, they rescue a woman named Julia who has been in deep sleep for sixty years. Vicka and Julia have a couple of scenes together where they discuss the events that led to their current situation.

Push (2009)

Feb. 4th, 2012 03:06 pm
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I watched this primarily because it has Chris Evans + superpowers, but found it a lot of fun. The plot gets a bit murky and confusing in places, but it does some interesting things with premonition. Some elements that early pinged me as a bit weird later turned out to be deliberately so in a plot-significant way.

What I was surprised by was the diversity of the cast. The film is set in Hong Kong, and while the three protagonists and most of the main group of villains are white, there are supporting heroic characters who aren't white, the primary antagonist is black and there's a separate group of Chinese antagonists. There are three significant characters who are women of colour.

There's also a lot of female characters, and they're pretty cool. A thirteen year old pre-cognitive, an older precognitive, a badass telepath on the run, a psychic surgeon, a tracker. And there's the thirteen-year-old's mother, who appears only briefly but is an off-screen chessmaster type who heavily influences the plot.

The two precogs have a tense rivalry, talking about their powers, the mother, and the predicted death of one of them. The girl and the surgeon talk about the mother. The girl and the precog talk about the telepath. While Chris Evans' character is the lead, the story is driven primarily by the two lead women. All the women are competent, decently characterised, and have their own agendas. While most of the action scenes are men (both telekinetics we see are male; there's some showy use of the powers in combat I enjoyed) there's a couple of decent ones with women.

It's not an amazing movie, but I found it enjoyable and interesting, and it passes the Bechdel test with flying colours and makes it look easy. I would happily watch an entire movie about the two pre-cogs and their rivalry; their scenes together were fantastic.
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This movie passes, passes, passes!

There are numerous named female characters:
Hanna - a sixteen-year-old girl raised in the Finnish Arctic by her father and trained to fight
Marissa - the evil CIA agent who was Hanna's father's handler and who is the enemy he's training Hanna to protect herself from
Sophie - the material-girl, teenaged British tourist who meets Hanna-on-the-run and befriends her
Rachel - Sophie's hippie mother, who forms her own bond with Hanna
Katrin - Hanna's grandmother

Since the main plot of the movie is Marissa trying to hunt Hanna down, the conversations Marissa has with all the other women (and all the men she interacts with) revolve mostly around that, sometimes mentioning Hanna's father, sometimes not. That's an easy pass.

In addition, though, this is a movie with other themes and relationships. Despite Sophie's makeup-wearing, gum-popping ways, there's only one scene where she wants to chase boys and ends up dragging Hanna on a double date, and one scene where Hanna talks about meeting up with her father to Sophie. Other than that, Sophie indulges in a rapid-fire patter of pop culture, fashion, eye-rolling at her family, and genuine expressions of friendship—not boys.

Rachel admires Hanna for her independence and down-to-earth qualities, and Hanna spends quite a bit of time in the front of the family van while Rachel drives. Rachel's idea of conversation includes anthropological explanations for lipstick (Saying "labia" in front of your sixteen-year-old daughter? Instant mortification for said daughter! :-) and philosophizing on nature and theology.

I also appreciated that this movie featured a kick-ass heroine, yes, but at no point did she strip down, show skin, put on high heels/high-heeled boots, wear spandex/something clingy/something low-cut, or any other pandering to what has become the stereotype. She dressed to fight. Refreshing!

I'd call this movie a Bechdel home-run.
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Not only is this film a Bechdel MEGA pass, it is a true rarity: a reverse-Bechdel-fail. No two men speak to each other during this entire film!

Volver is a story of a family of women, their relationships and troubles, their past and their lives. From IMDB: "After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn't resolve during her life." I found it funny, warm, and generally wonderful.

There are six women with major roles. Raimunda (Penelope Cruz), her sister Sole, her daughter Paula, her aunt Paula, her mother Irene, and their friend Agustina. There are also neighbors and various other women with speaking roles. There are only three men with speaking roles and they never speak to each other (they only speak to Raimunda).

Warnings for this film include references to (but no depictions of) incest, rape, and violence. It is Spanish language with English subtitles and is directed by Pedro Almodovar.
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While a good chunk of the plot revolves around the two romances, this is a mega-pass. Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) and Jen Yu (Ziyi Zhang) are central characters, and spend a lot of time talking about the Green Destiny sword (no wonder, since Jen steals it and Shu Lien wants to get it back) martial arts, honour, training, weapons, ethics, etc etc. Jade Fox (Pei-pei Cheng) as the antagonist is almost as important, and talks to both the other female characters about most of the same topics.

In fact, the movie barely passes the reverse-Bechdel test. Li Mu Bai (Yun-fat Chow) talks to Sir Te about his intended retirement and bestowal of the sword, and to Governor Lu and Master Bo when the sword is stolen, but otherwise all the action and dialogue centres around the women.
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Passed and how. It was FILLED with women, talking to each other about all kinds of stuff, and generally being awesome.

I actually wasn't really looking forward to it; a friend wanted to see it, so I went along. Oh, but it was great. Four named female characters, including the protagonist and her sidekick, and they got the vast majority of the badass fight scenes and moves.

I will say I was amused at the prevalence of tweezers and waterproof mascara in the zombie apocalypse, but I was pleasantly surprised when the protagonist actually got dirty.

It was also a pretty good movie, although the final scene was ludicrous. The story was decent, it ratcheted up the tension well, and the fight scenes were beautifully shot. (Maybe a little too much bullet-time, but I can't see 3D so it may be better for people who can.) I really recommend this for people who like women-focused action movies.

Whip It

Apr. 11th, 2010 08:25 am
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I saw Whip It yesterday and it's a mega pass. All about women's roller derby, it stars Ellen Page as Bliss aka Babe Ruthless, a small town girl, veteran of numerous beauty pagents courtesy of her mother's obsession who becomes a star of the local roller derby scene. Women majorly outnumber men in this movie, and they all have names! And real personalities! And real conversations! Conversations about sport, and college and money and each other and family...and yeah, sure, about boys, too, but mostly not.

It's a pretty good film, too. I have a fondness for the whole coming-of-age-movie trope, so I'm a little biased, but I really enjoyed it. The relationships Bliss has with her friends and family have real depth. The rivalry between teams works well, though the more personal rivalry between Bliss and Iron Maven felt a bit contrived. There's a central love interest, too, which ironically has less depth, but I liked the way that played out: he was important, but never central to Bliss' life. The one black mark on the film is that despite the mega-pass and the underlying girl-power theme, the movie still manages to leave an impression that the women can only succeed through the intervention of men: the male coach (would it have been so hard to put a woman in that role?) and the inevitable fatherly support which enables Bliss to skate in the final match.

A great movie!
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Akeelah and the Bee (2006) is about an eleven-year old girl from South Los Angeles who has a love of spelling and finds an outlet for it when she joins the school's spelling bee. It snowballs from there all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, and Akeelah finds herself and the people around her changing as she makes this journey.

This one passes with flying colours.

Akeelah's the main character, and there are plenty of female characters around her: her mother, her sister, her best friend, her English teacher, and various other smaller characters in passing. Almost all of Akeelah's interactions with these women are to discuss spelling, language, family, and friendships. Even Akeelah's best friend, Georgia, though she has no interest in spelling, supports Akeelah and her pursuits, and they talk about each other, their friendship and what they hope to do in the future.
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The new one: passes very well!

Alice is very much the central character (Mad Hatter ads to the contrary), and most of her conversations in the movie are with the Red Queen (antagonist) and the White Queen (helper)*. Conversations with her mother and sister did focus a lot on marriage, although Alice tried to talk about her own, non-man-centered wishes for her future. The White Queen and the Red Queen also had a conversation that had nothing to do with men.

(I actually felt kind of lukewarm about the movie overall, but did love that Alice was the center of it and an active protagonist who never lost sight of her own desires even when other people tried to project theirs onto her.)

*They did have names, but were mostly referred to by their titles.
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Stars Amy Adams and Meryl Streep, and is about Julia Child's story of her start in the cooking profession, intertwined with blogger Julie Powell's 2002 challenge to cook all the recipes in Child's first book.

It's Streep's part of the movie that really knocks it out of the park, as she starts a collaboration with two other women to create a proper English cookbook on French cuisine. Plenty of female friendships to go around, bonus being it's a very good movie as well :)
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Alice In Wonderland is a Passy McPasserton. You might have been afraid going into the film that it would end up being all about Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter, but the film does not succumb to that temptation! Indeed, most of the movie centers around one of three women--Alice, The Red Queen, and The White Queen. And they talk to each other about things that are not men!
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Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair. 2001.

Have I mentioned that I love this movie? I would guess that most people have seen it already, but it is worth re-watching, and if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend. I find it safe to watch with family members. I also consider it to be a feminist movie, that centers women's friendships, careers, and lives; acknowledges the existence of sexism/sexual harrassment; and presents Elle Woods as a highly feminine, smart, driven woman that is Not to be Messed With (although she must discover this herself). It is also funny and charming.
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Boys on the Side starring Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Barrymore, and Mary-Louise Parker. 1995. I want to include a trigger warning for domestic violence near the beginning of the movie-- scenes 6-8. Whoopi Goldberg plays a lesbian musician in this movie, and the other two actresses are her straight friends that she is traveling and living with. It is kind of sad but I enjoyed how this movie focuses on women's friendships and lives. Rated R.

But I'm a Cheerleader starring Natasha Lyonne, Clea Duvall, RuPaul Charles, and Cathy Moriarty. 1999. A really great movie about a lesbian cheerleader whose parents send her to a camp where they try to teach kids to be straight. Funny and delightful. Rated R.

Revolutionary Girl Utena: Adolescence of Utena. Anime, Japanese with English subtitles. I can't say that I really understood this movie, but I enjoyed it. It is about a girl that wants to be a prince, so she goes to school dressed in boy's clothes and learns to sword fight. And then she gets seduced by the Rose Bride and realizes she's a lesbian, or at least that is the way I interpreted it. Later she gets turned into a car for a brief while, I guess because it's anime. There are other female characters besides Utena and the Rose Bride.

Miss Congeniality starring Sandra Bullock, Candace Bergen, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt. I haven't watched this movie in a while but it is a great movie and I know it passes. Sandra Bullock plays a cop who goes undercover in a beauty pageant for some reason that is important to the plot. While there she befriends a bunch of the women who are competing, in particular her roommate.
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Hi all! This is my first post here, and I love the concept of this community.

The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is definitely a mega pass, and a film I loved for all kinds of reasons (to cite a few: beautiful cinematography, wonderfully integrated music, first film to be shot entirely in Botswana). Mma Precious Ramotswe (Jill Scott) is the protagonist, and I loved her interactions with her assistant, Mma Grace Makutsi (Anika Noni Rose). Directed and co-written by Anthony Minghella, based on the novel by Alexander McCall Smith.

P.S.: I hope it's okay to rec my Minghella community here: [community profile] minghella_daily.
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Sunshine Cleaning passes. The leading lady even ends up single in the end and is still happy. Be still my heart!
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This movie is such a Passy McPasserton. There are women, with names, talking to each other all over the place in here about all kinds of things. Many of them are even not white. A Bechdel winner.