Use the Bechdel Test to Break Out of Your Netflix Rut – Info Tips and Tricks
The almighty recommendation algorithm works in mysterious ways, and not always for the best. If your Netflix homepage has become an echo chamber, a little change in perspective could help you find your new favorite movie.
Most people are probably familiar with the Bechdel Test, an interpretation of a 1985 Alison Bechdel comic titled “The Rule.” It’s pretty simple: if a movie has two women in it who talk to each other about something other than a man, it passes. Though more stipulations have been added over the last 33 years—the women should have names, for one—the basic gist remains the same. It sets the bar unbelievably low, but a shocking amount of mainstream films still can’t manage to clear it—which makes the Bechdel Test a great way to find movies you might have missed otherwise.
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Netflix recently tweeted a list of titles in their catalog that pass the Bechdel test, and it’s as good a place to start as any. There’s something for everyone: emotional period dramas (Mudbound, Carol), iconic ensemble comedies (Wet Hot American Summer), delightful 90s romantic dramedies (Sliding Doors), and a mighty fine Star War (The Last Jedi). Other Netflix offerings I feel are worth a mention include Tangerine, Shadow Dancer, Obvious Child, and Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette special. For some reason, most of these titles didn’t get a wide release or a fat marketing budget, which makes it harder to find their way to an appreciative audience.
I’m not saying a film has to pass the Bechdel Test to be good, great, or even worth your time; after all, most great movies and TV shows fail it spectacularly. It’s just one useful, if imperfect, way to challenge dominant narratives in film and television, which are overwhelmingly male. The next time you’re looking for a Friday night flick, try one that passes the Bechdel Test—you might just love it.
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