***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:
- There has to be at least two women in it who
- talk to each other about
- 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:
- Star Trek
- The Hangover
- Paul Blart: Mall Cop (It was on Netflix. We were bored and desperate.)
- Funny People
- The Taking of Pelham 123
- The Soloist
- Julie & Julia
- The Men Who Stare At Goats
- Sunshine Cleaning
- Good Hair
- Up In The Air
- 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?