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Gretta (Keira Knightley) and Violet (Hailee Steinfeld) discuss Violet's clothing choices and what they say about her, deciding to go shopping together, although the conversation begins with them discussing the boy that Violet has a crush on, and is mostly focused on clothing as a marker of sexual availability. Later, they say goodbye to each other after a party, and Violet thanks Gretta for her kindness.

Longer, more fannish review with spoilers at my journal.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past involves a lot of men talking to other men about each other and about a woman, Mystique. The movie does technically pass (a scene where Mystique has a discussion with a female nurse about being a mutant), but it may also pass on another scene where Mystique has shape-shifted into a male character and talks to his female personal assistant about a number of different things. Does it count if one of the female characters is temporarily presenting as male and is played by a male actor?

Not a lot of women in the film - SPOILERS under cut )
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The Guardian UK posted an article this week regarding the decision of four Swedish cinemas to display a rating that informs viewers of whether or not a movie passes the Bechdel test. The initiative is supported by the Swedish Film Institute and has also been taken up by cable TV channel Viasat Film.


Warning: there is some epic fail in the comments (but also some amusingly snarky responses).

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Thor: The Dark World is the latest Marvel installment, and while it does manage to pass the Bechdel Test, it does not pass it as easily and thoroughly as the previous Thor movie. (It still beats the fail for Avengers, though!)

Jane and Darcy have several scenes together discussing science and plot devices; Frigga and Sif speak briefly, Jane talks to an Asgardian woman about technology, and Frigga and Jane have two short conversations together, both about plot issues.

Major Spoilers )
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I haven't seen the movie, but this article from vulture.com makes it sound very promising:
The Wolverine Is This Summer's Bechdel-Friendly Blockbuster

There are some excellent remarks from the director on the roles (yes, plural) of women in this movie, as well as some of his observations on studio expectations.

Definitely pushes it up my to-watch list.
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Write-up courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire:

The setup of the movie is thus: four magicians, all of whom are awesome in their solo acts, are Recruited To Do Something. This isn't a spoiler; it's the premise, which leads to them teaming up and being awesome and also robbing banks and shit (all in the trailers). We have a mentalist, a classic slight-of-hand trickster, an escape artist, and a pickpocket/misdirectionist. As they start to do their shit, they are pursued by an FBI agent, an Interpol agent, a professional debunker, and a dude who got robbed.

Of the characters listed above, two are female. They never speak to each other. No, never. No, not even then. There are two secondary female characters, who also never speak to each other (one is there purely to be a pretty status symbol). The female magician is the only one who never gets an awesome moment where her field of magic, her specialization is both key to the plan and saves the day. Literally the first thing one of the other magicians says to her is "you're pretty."


More at the link.
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Easy pass on this one; a good number of named female characters, many of who talk to each other. One segment consists almost entirely of women, three schoolgirls and a mother, talking about the haunting and some other girls.

Several of the movie's scares have become cliche since its release, but there are still plenty of chilling moments. Worth a look.
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Well, this was a weird movie. It's primarily set in an asylum that treats the criminally insane (and has terrible security). There's a particular serial killer connected with the hero, who is not very interesting and can't really atc.

There are four named female characters; the female lead, who is a psychiatrist, a nurse/attendent, her granddaughter, and Mabel the cannibal, who is probably the most memorable character in the film. The film passes the Bechdel test with conversations about, um, cannibalism, butchery of human beings, and other such delights between Mabel and her doctor. There's also some conversation between the doctor and nurse about the granddaughter.

It's not a great movie by any means, but there are some hilarious dark scenes, the female lead is decently acted, competent and brave, and the Wolf serial killer has some sweet armour.
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Yet another technical pass for the Iron Man franchise, which at least puts it ahead of the Avengers movie, but way behind Thor.

In the first movie, Pepper briefly speaks to Christine Everhart about her job, then talks about Tony.
In the second movie, Pepper briefly speaks to Natalie Rushman (on two occasions) about their work and about imminent danger, then talks about or to Tony.
In the third movie, Pepper briefly speaks to Dr. Maya Hansen about science...then talks about Tony!

Yes, Tony Stark is the main character, and the vast majority of conversations in the movie are with or about him, but there are several scenes involving conversations between two characters whose gender is not relevant to the plot, and all of them involve at least one male character.

While the movie is definitely worth watching for fans of Pepper, it's barely even a technical pass.
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I'm not sure if 'Winter Queen' and 'Summer Lady' are their names or their titles, but in Ember Days, the Winter Queen challenges the Summer Lady face to face.
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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.
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‘Girls’: Are We Actually Ready for Female Anti-Heroes?:

Passivity, and dependence are all traits that we find humiliating, no matter the proportions they come in, while decisiveness, activity, and standing on principal are all traits we have positive associations with, and so we’re attracted to the people who exhibit them, even when they’re wildly misapplied. The former set of traits is coded as female, the latter as masculine. It’s one thing to respond to a female anti-heroine who is defined as such by her masculinized behavior, whether it’s Sarah Linden’s single-minded focus on her career and bad mothering in pursuit thereof, or Cersei Lannister’s impressive cruelty. Whether a mass audience is ready to embrace a female anti-hero whose anti-heroicness is defined by an overabundence of negatively-coded feminine traits is another question entirely. And it suggests that maybe we’d be better off if we found Tony Soprano’s murderousness less endearing as well.

'Breaking Bad' Recap: The Sky Is Falling:

This kind of reaction is not uncommon, for Skyler in particular and for women – often wives – on top-drawer TV dramas in general. Characters like Skyler become targets of vituperation unimaginable to their male counterparts, most of whom engage in vastly more destructive and immoral behavior every episode. By failing to indulge every whim of the the male antiheroes around whom their shows are built, the women become obstacles to those men getting exactly what they want when they want it at all times, which is the core fantasy of antihero fiction. Cold cunning, ruthlessness, rage, self-interest, a propensity for physical violence – we gender these unheroic characteristics as male, and celebrate them; passivity, bitterness, grief, emotional enmeshment, a knack for attacking and deflating egos – we gender these unheroic characteristics as female, and loathe them. ... Skyler White, Betty Francis, Megan Draper, Catelyn Stark, Sansa Stark, Cersei Lannister, Carmela Soprano: On the sole count of "being women," Fan Court finds you guilty as charged.
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There are several named female characters in this movie, and they have a few brief exchanges with each other that aren't about guys - pizza in one case, a missing girl in another. Overall, though, the movie is about the male characters. None of the characters are really fleshed out with any depth, but the Obligatory Girlfriend to the lead gets a decent amount of screentime and is reasonably active, and the male lead's mother has a surprisingly large role, and is a competent cop.

The movie was muddled and messy, and inconsistent on several minor plot details. There's also a subplot about filming underage girls in locker rooms and bedrooms. I don't recommend it.

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I really enjoy Elementary and Joan Watson is an awesome character. That said, the show is continuing to scrape technical passes by the skin of its teeth in about half the episodes, and the other half it fails.

Technical passes: Episodes 1 (Watson speaks to a victim about how she's recovering), 2 (Watson speaks to a suspect about her sister), 5, 10 and 11 (see below), 12 and 13 (Watson speaks to her therapist, mostly but not entirely about Holmes). The rest are fails.

Episodes 5, 10 and 11 are a bit better. Watson has three detailed conversations with former friend and colleague Dr Carrie Dwyer about a female patient. In Episode 10 Watson speaks to her mother three times about her job, though Holmes dominates the second conversation. In Episode 11, Watson counsels a teenage girl whose mother has been murdered and they speak at length about the mother and about the girl's college plans. None of them are what I would call a mega-pass, though.

This show is in desperate need of more female characters, though the few it has it generally treats quite well. Victims of the week are as likely to be male as female, neither are sexed up (with the possible exception of the very first episode) and crimes are rarely glamourised.
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This movie only gets a technical pass for some micro exchanges, but that's partly because of the mockumentary format. The movie is a 'documentary' about the events following a teenage girl's death by drowning. There's a combination of 'found footage' and people being interviewed. (The interviewer is male.)

But I think it's worth noting that Alice, the drowned girl, is a real and vivid presence, and the whole movie is characters talking about her and who she was, in particular her mother, who talks about her relationship with her own mother. There are plenty of women in this movie talking about women, and how they interact.

The movie as a whole is twisty and fascinating, very atmospheric and with a really well-done ending. I found the first ten minutes or so dragged a little, but then I was sucked in. I highly recommend this movie, and don't switch off as soon as the credits start!
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Scrapes a pass when Irma the diner owner offers one of the female leads a glass of water and she accepts. The two female leads talk primarily to the male characters, and about them when they talk to each other.

In a movie full of people acting stupidly and pointlessly, a female character gets the best scene of competence and genuine heroism, but there's not a lot of competition. This is by-the-numbers schlock that I can't recommend from any angle, expect perhaps an entire monologue of clichés. Five in a row! Impressive.
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This movie scrapes a pass. The three main characters are Carmen, the driver of the plot, her intern Sara, and Carmen's boyfriend. Carmen's a journalist who wants to investigate a series of missing persons in Poland; her boss wants her to investigate missing bees. Carmen takes her boyfriend and intern off to Poland.

Carmen and Sara talk a fair bit; most of the characters they discuss are men, but they have some generic chat about their work. They interview a missing man's mother, and they talk with a little Polish girl, primarily about the missing man. Carmen and Sara also discuss certain spoilery plot elements, albeit briefly.

The movie starts slow and clichéd, but picks up a lot about halfway through, putting an interesting new spin on some of the stuff we've seen; sadly, that's also when the plot shifts to being driven more by the male characters than the female.

This is a horror movie, and I found it pretty creepy. It's not particularly exploitative of the female characters; at one point some of them are stripped of their clothes, but not in a sexualised fashion, and I wouldn't say the violence was sexualised. Gore is fairly sparing and used to good and squicky effect.

I'd recommend this as a horror movie, but it's not particularly good for female characters.
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Would anyone be interested if I decided to do short write-ups of various Hindi/Tamil movies that are strong Bechdel passes? I'm thinking 5-10 movies over a couple of weeks.
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Because the Bechdel Test itself got a mention in the June 30 Sinfest.


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