If you see a whole thing - it seems that it's always beautiful. Planets, lives... But up close a world's all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life's a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. - Ursula K. LeGuin

Monday, January 25, 2010

It's A Man's World...

***Updated to appease Drax****

...at least at the movies. A while back I ran across this post about The Rule from an Alison Bechdel comic strip. The Rule is a guideline for what movies the main character will go to see. The requirements are:
  1. There has to be at least two women in it who
  2. talk to each other about
  3. something besides a man.
Seems pretty simple, eh? Well as it turns out we are hard pressed to find movies that actually fulfill these requirements.

I found this blog where readers can nominate movies and rate them on how many of the requirements they fulfill. It is pretty sad and quite frankly I disagree with many of the ratings. Personally I feel if the conversation the two women have involves having a baby that should also count as a rule violation, but hey, maybe I'm being too picky.

I found these posts around the end of the year so I couldn't resist making a list of the movies I I watched in 2009 (I only included movies released in 2009) and wanted to see how they fared. I'm sorry to say, not to well. Here they are:
  1. Star Trek
  2. 2012
  3. The Hangover
  4. Paul Blart: Mall Cop (It was on Netflix. We were bored and desperate.)
  5. Funny People
  6. The Taking of Pelham 123
  7. The Soloist
  8. Julie & Julia
  9. The Men Who Stare At Goats
  10. Sunshine Cleaning
  11. Good Hair
  12. Tyson
  13. Up In The Air
  14. Sherlock Holmes
By my best estimate, only 2 of the 14 (14%) possibly meet all three requirements (Julie & Julia & Sunshine Cleaning). Even sadder, very few even have 2 women in them, no less talking to each other about anything.

What movies have you seen that meet the requirements?


Drax said...
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Drax said...

But think of the drinking game possibilities!!

Drax said...

But maybe the goats were girls! And they talked!

Drax said...

But... Paul Blart: Mall Cop?!?!

Annie said...

I can't think of a single thing that meets this requirement. Sad, isn't it?

ruth pennebaker said...

I did love Julie and Julia. Two women who loved their work! How ... quaint.
Other than that, I can't think of any other contenders. Hated It's Complicated, which should have been re-named It's Simplistic.

Amanda@Lady Scientist said...

I've tried to invoke that rule with my general movie-watching habits. But when I did I realized that there were no movies left to watch! Isn't it sad that it's 2010 and we still have this problem?

Julie said...

I can't think of one movie that meets these requirements, but I'll let you know if I do find one. We watch a lot of Independent films, but even in those, I can't think of one off the top of my head. I'm sure daughter will make one:)