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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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