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The Bechdel Test, named for American cartoonist Alison Bechdel, requires three things of a film to pass:
1. The movie has to have at least two women in it,
2. who talk to each other,
3. about something besides a man.
Composed to examine gender inequality in film, the test is a fascinating indicator of male slant in an extremely male-slanted industry. According to several studies, men have the vast majority of roles in Hollywood, and especially speaking roles. Most films, in fact, do not pass the Bechdel Test. You can guess the ones that do: Steel Magnolias, Wonder Woman, etc... but what else does? These are the most surprising inclusions:
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