Monday, April 11th, 2011

Is 'Hanna' the First Movie All Year to Ace the Bechdel Test?

How many movies passed the Bechdel Test this year so far? Yes, sure, it's a black/white, pass/fail set of criteria, which means that plenty of unconcerned products pass. So this year: From Prada to Nada and Bridesmaids both pass, which… might be sort of besides the point, or might be a related but more capitalist point? Jane Eyre squeaks under the wire. Briefly, Red Riding Hood too, which, uh. On a technicality, Paul. And Sucker Punch—though it's also castigated as the most misogynist film in ages. Also The Last Lions, I think, if you count lady lions talking to other lady lions, I think, but maybe they are just talking about men. Though not sure if the lady lions have names? What else? Kind of maybe Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son! (Later this year: Crazy, Stupid, Love, Bad Teacher and The Help all do.) But first among them is Hanna, which is a vastly terrific film! Here's my own movie test: when the trailer is terrific, I am now highly suspicious about the movie. (See: Battle: Los Angeles. Awesome trailer, garbagey movie.) So the Hanna trailer had me concerned. But no! Exceeds expectations. Would do business again. Oscars all around! If anything, I wanted another 20 minutes of it. Or 200. Would happily take several sequels and a long-lasting franchise and an amusement park ride.

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deepomega (#1,720)

I've heard it said that lesbian porn passes the bechdel test. (Having never seen lesbian porn, I assume this is because it consists largely of several lesbians talking about their dogs?)

Nah, lesbian porn never really has named characters.

saythatscool (#101)

I liked it. It drew on several Brothers Grimm tales (Red Riding Hood chief amongst them). And Eric Bana didn't annoy the shit out of me for once.

Cate Blanchett may be a robot but that actually worked in her favor here. The Ronan kid carries a lot of the movie and it's a nice parable about how every independent child is still a child.

metoometoo (#230)

I'm currently polishing up a screenplay that wouldn't pass a reverse-Bechdel test. Think it'll sell? (No.)

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

One man…not talking to another man…about a man? Did I get that right?

deepomega (#1,720)

Zero men, talking to a woman, about a transvestite.

GailPink (#9,712)

I want to see it.

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