Vanessa just pointed me to The Bechdel Test:
- Does the film have two women with names in it?
- Do these two women talk to each other?
- Do they talk to each other about something other than a man?
What is particularly surprising is how few movies can pass this test. Every screenwriter should give this thought before hitting the keyboards.
And I should point out that although they claim ADVENTURELAND failed this test in that the women only talk about men, it passes; Em (Kristen Stewart) talks to Francie (Mary Birdsong) about how much she hates her, and to Paulette (Kristen Wiig) about work.