for movies. In order
to "pass" a movie must have
1) At least two named
female characters who
to each other about
3) something other than a man
It's meant to point out how women aren't really seen a central points to the action, and even in scenes between two or more women the object of their discussion is usually the male character at the center of the film.
Movies that "fail" the Bechdel test
are usually said
to do so because male executives
don't believe that movie-going audiences would watch a movie about a woman/women, despite recent
evidence to the contrary (Juno, Terminator
w/ Sarah Connor, etc).
In the movie Juno, the title character and her friend
have many conversations via burgerphone
about everything from Taco Bell
to babies. That movie passes the Bechdel test.