So Aldine came up with a great recommendation: that I start a mini-marathon of female buddy movies.

Beyond the classic Thelma and Louise (1991), it might be difficult to think of many of these — after all, we know from the Bechdel Test that the vast majority of films can’t be bothered to have two female characters with names who speak to each other, and who speak to each other about something other than men.

This is why the internet was invented: to offer a Wikipedia page called Female Buddy Pictures. So I’m going in search of some of the titles I’ve found there — including the weirdly intriguing Revenge of the Bridesmaids (2010), which is streaming on Netflix. (I hasten to note that the film description and photos online do not promise great things about this one, but I just like the fact that its two main stars are actually Black and Latina. Is that possible?)

DAVID CLAYTON ROGERS, RAVEN-SYMONE, JOANNA GARCIAAnyway, I might have to revisit the film optimis Thelma and Louise along the way, but in general I’m going to look for the overlooked — and imagine my perfect world, in which I run a movie theater that people actually come to, at which I get to hold my own movie marathons. Please join in!

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The Bechdel Test

18 May 2010

It’s so simple.  It’s so shocking.  Three easy rules to watch for when viewing films and thinking about women’s place onscreen — originally framed in Alison Bechdel’s “Dykes to Watch Out For,” way back in 1985, yet we’re still counting those films on our fingers.