Meg decides she wants to be a mom. Alice takes a journey to find herself. Robin knows she loves her life exactly the way it is. “How to Be Single” may explore the ins and outs of relationships, but its main characters make plenty of decisions that are simply about living life.
Category: Beyond the Bechdel Test
‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ Wins the Battle (Passing the Bechdel Test) But Loses the War (Being a Great Film)
Like its central character, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” can’t quite figure out what it wants to be when it grows up.
The one and only Tina Fey is lots of fun per usual playing Kim Baker, a 40-something who ditches her deadbeat job writing news copy for people who “look pretty on TV” to cover blood, sweat and explosions in Afghanistan. She’s typically deadpan hilarious, with a uniquely Fey sense of timing, and brings a wry humanity to the role as she acts as a surrogate for the audience. Most of us have never been to Afghanistan or experienced the terror of a war zone; Fey’s Baker hasn’t either, grappling with new dangers and a foreign culture in a relatable way.
“Fury Road” isn’t yet another male-centric action flick—it’s an incredibly bizarre yet strangely beautiful visual epic with a story arc that glorifies women.
I was curious about how many of the eight films nominated this year passed the Bechdel test with a scene, however brief, where two women with names exchange one or two sentences about something other than a man.
‘Master of None’ Means Well When It Addresses Feminism … But Aziz Ansari Should Stick to His Own Experiences
“Master of None” is essentially out to be my generation’s “Friends”—30-somethings navigating life and love in New York City, but with fewer laughs and more existential crises.
“Sisters” hardly breaks any new cinematic ground, but it’s a fun addition to the growing collection of movies I label “quietly feminist”—hit films like “Pitch Perfect” and “Trainwreck” that let women be raunchy and funny and multi-faceted.
Along with plenty of telenovela touches, “Jane the Virgin” is wonderfully rife with feminism; in fact, it’s a media moment where the Bechdel test seems superfluous and outdated (which is at it should be).
This is by far the most inclusive “Star Wars” film yet.
Would “Home Alone” be the same without Catherine O’Hara’s speech in the middle of an airport? Have you really heard “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” if you haven’t teared up over the original (and heartbreaking) Judy Garland rendition in “Meet Me in St. Louis”?
The Coen brothers’ classic “Fargo” is a beautiful example of a movie that fails the Bechdel test and, yet, through one of film’s most unique, endearing and strong characters, communicates a message that is distinctly feminist.