Buddying up

“The Heat” pairs Melissa McCarthy (left),  as a Boston police detective, with Sandra Bullock, as an FBI agent.
“The Heat” pairs Melissa McCarthy (left), as a Boston police detective, with Sandra Bullock, as an FBI agent.Credit: 20th Century Fox

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The now-famous Bechdel Test, created by cartoonist and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, stipulates the following for a movie to qualify:

1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it

2. Who talk to each other

3. About something besides a man

The test is surprisingly difficult to pass; as of this week, the database at www.bechdeltest.com contained 4,011 movies from all of cinematic history. We might add a further stipulation — call it the Wiig-Feig Rider, after the performer and director who blew it up — that audiences are only rarely inclined, or permitted, to watch movies about female friendships.

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