Are you sick of that moment towards the end of a film when you realise that not a single woman has spoken to another woman the whole time? Turns out you can test for that.
In your real life, we bet you probably speak to a whole bunch of different people. Some of them might even be women! And those women might then go off and talk to other women! It’s a concept that may seem simple, and yet so many movies fail to reflect this reality.
Thankfully, there’s an easy way to figure out if a movie has thought about how well it is representing women. It’s called the Bechdel test and it asks the following: Are there two women characters? And do they talk to each other about something other than men?
It turns out that even here in progressive old New Zealand, there are a bunch of famous films that don’t feature two women characters having a yarn about … anything. So without further ado: here’s what some of NZ’s most iconic films would look like if they passed the Bechdel test.
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