STOCKHOLM (AP) — You expect movie ratings to tell you whether a film contains nudity, sex, profanity or violence. Now movie theaters in equality-minded Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it.
To get an “A” rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.
“The entire `Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, all `Star Wars’ movies, `The Social Network,’ `Pulp Fiction’ and all but one of the `Harry Potter’ movies fail this test,” said Ellen Tejle, the director of Bio Rio, an art-house movie theater in Stockholm’s trendy Sodermalm district.The goal is to see more female stories and perspectives on cinema screens.”The Bechdel test got its name from American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who introduced the concept in her comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For” in 1985.
Kill Bills Roaring Rampage of Revenge scores A+ on Bechdel Test.