'Bad Moms' to 'Jason Bourne': Which 2016 Films Pass (or Flunk) the Sexism Test?

THR applied the Bechdel-Wallace standard to the top-grossing films of the year to see which box-office hits featured more than two female characters (engaging in conversation about anything other than men).

THR recently gave the 25 top-grossing films of 2016 the Bechdel-Wallace Test. What’s that? It’s a quiz developed in 1985 by graphic novelist Alison Bechdel and her friend Liz Wallace that reveals just how sexist (or not) any given work of fiction might be. To pass, the work simply has to affirmatively answer three questions: 1. Does it have more than two female characters (with names) in it? 2. Do those characters engage in a conversation with each other? 3. And is that conversation about anything other than a man? Shockingly (or not), only about half the movies we tested passed.


Pass! (achieved all three things)

• Ghostbusters
• The Conjuring 2
• Bad Moms
• Zootopia
• Sausage Party
• Finding Dory
• Suicide Squad
• Trolls
• Captain America: Civil War
• Batman v. Superman
• X-Men: Apocalypse
• Independence Day: Resurgence
• Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Incomplete (achieved only two out of three)

• The Secret Life of Pets

Fail (achieved only one out of three)

• Doctor Strange
• The Angry Birds Movie
• Sully
• Central Intelligence
• Kung Fu Panda 3
• Star Trek Beyond
• Jason Bourne
• Deadpool
• The Jungle Book

Seriously? (achieved none)

• The Magnificent Seven
• The Legend of Tarzan

This story first appeared in the 2016 Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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