18 Movies That, Much to Our Surprise, Pass the Bechdel Test

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Pulp Fiction

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Pulp Fiction
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Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction—which follows the story of two heady hitmen Vincent and Jules (John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson) as they intertwine with their gangster boss (Ving Rhames), his actor wife (Uma Thurman), and a washed-up boxer (Bruce Willis)—is certainly no feminist masterpiece. But it does, however, narrowly pass the Bechdel test at one point when Vincent goes to buy drugs from Lance (Eric Stoltz), whose wife Jody (Rosanna Arquette) is having an in-depth discussion about body piercings with her friend Trudi (Bronagh Gallagher).

I say “narrowly” as a caveat because at some point in this convo, Vince butts in and asks, “Why would you wear a stud in your tongue,” and Jody responds, “Helps fellatio.” She is still not specifically talking about a man, but the implication of a penis is there. Still, it passes! —Laura Bassett

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