Itâs interesting when they actually talk about the movie (Captain Marvel was a good episode) but gets hard to listen to when they veer wildly off topic (Mean Girls) and discuss unrelated topics. The hosts arenât as charming as they think they are.
By far one of my favorite podcasts--I'm not a huge movie watcher but I enjoy hearing Caitlin and Jamie discuss movies. Not only do I get the jist of a bunch of movies so I do not have to watch them in the future, but I laugh a lot and get to see things in a different way as well. Thanks!- five nipples and a Beetlejuice full of dry scabs!
This podcast is really really cool. Not only is it helpful for analysis of movies, I feel like it helps me reflect on old and new movies and get reminders to check myself on things iâve missed that were great or not so great in my viewing! The hosts are awesome too :D Some of their points I wouldâve never thought about without listening.
Two dumb broads preaching to stood women
This podcast says all of the things Iâve been thinking for years. I love it because nobody else wants to hear my feminist thoughts about movies or remarks while watching them. So I love the space created by the Bechdel Cast. I also really appreciate that this isnât just an hour of ranting. The episodes have very well researched and fair evaluations of these movies. So thank you!! If I could suggest a movie, I would love to see Lilo and Stitch. Itâs been my favorite animated movie since I was a baby! And I think the sister relationship would be a really interesting review. Thanks again and keep producing this great content!Sincerely a passionate 17 yo feminist,Malaya :)
Never listened but the commercials that play before real podcasts make me wish I were dead
I love this podcast but hate the recent string of live episodes. I'm sure it's fun for the fans, but the sound quality is bad and listening to audience participation through headphones feels like a waste of time. I'm here to listen to the hosts talk, not the audience.
Title says it all, Ladies and Germs! 5 stars
â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ this show... recently started rewatching the 40 year old virgin (I thought it was one of my favs) and had to stop halfway through. This movie DOES NOT HOLD UP!! I came searching for that episode assuming it must surely exist, but itâs not there! I would really love to hear yâall talk about that one! Thanks for helping us all wake up! ð
Caitlin and Jamie keep me laughing through each episode while making fabulous points during discussion!
As stated above.
Very funny, their colab with Lindsay Ellis brought me to them.
Thought Iâd give it a chance. Listened to the Star Wars episode. The franchise is notoriously male centered so I gave it a chance. Conversation bounced around without any focus and was full of gratuitous vulgarity that I couldnât get past
Love this podcast! I realize itâs not for everyone, but it is the kind of podcast Iâve been looking for. Been a listener for a few months now and I am always amused by the jokes cracked. Itâs really fun for me to think about media more critically and I appreciate way humor is incorporated to make it less dry. Just one suggestion, please please do Legally Blonde some time! Thanks for keeping me entertained :)
This is one of my favorite podcasts. They choose great movies to discuss and the genres vary. Caitlin and Jamie are super smart and hilarious but never pretentious. Iâm always getting new insights into movies Iâve seen loads of times. Also, saw them live and they are awesome in person.
I want to start by saying that I am probably 180 degrees opposite of the hosts on social and political matters. I am a woman or color, in STEM, but conservative and religious. That being said, I really enjoy this podcast. I started from the beginning and am 18 epidsodes in and have found their discussions enjoyble, entertaining and enlightening. I am seriously impressed with the way that they can enjoy and sometimes even love a movie even if it does not pass the Bechdel Test. I also appreciate the way they talk about all the ways a movie could have been more inclusive of other races, genders etc. Though I think sometimes they are guilty of presentism, they still can acknowledge that past efforts were made to empower women in film, though at times in retrospect those attempts were feeble at best. Most of all I love how listening to this podcast has educated me about the protrayal of women in film. The other day I had Max Keeble's Big Movie on in my hotel room. It is a kid's movie and there was a scene with the camera on the butt of a sexy science teacher walking down the aisle of the middle school classroom and all the bunsen burners spontaneously lighting as she walked by them and the boys in heat. I do not think I would have thought twice about that before listening to this podcast. Keep up the awesome job. I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars because I think they use the F-Word too much, but it doesn't bother you, then you will find this a 5 Star podcast
Overall, I like this podcast. As a middle-aged male, I find much of what the hosts say educational and useful in my own watching/evaluation of movies and t.v., and though I pat myself on my back for my progressiveness, they always reveal things that I miss (though I hope I'm getting better). I'm not giving it a full five stars only because sometimes the hosts are snarkily dismissive of pop culture pieces that don't meet their personal definitions of cool.
Iâve been listening to Bechdel Cast for months and was hooked on the first ep. Is the pod perfect? No. But then again, few (if any) pods are. The hosts are funny and have great chemistry. They are intersectional and open to correcting past mistakes. This is a podcast for people who are interested in looking at past and current films through an intersectional feminist lenses. If you are a huge movie buff and know everything there is to know about everything, parts of the pod may annoy you. I still think itâs an amazing pod and that Caitlin and Jamie are wonderful. 8 nipples to the bechdel cast!
No wonder movies arenât written about people like you...youâre insufferable.
This light hearted podcast tackles serious subjects but with a balance of levity that is hard to achieve. A true delight!
As a cinephile I really find it hard to listen to this. I've listened to countless podcasts but this one is what I would vote as my least favorite. I grew up in a very Christian household (unfortunately) and movies were rated on how moral the fictional characters/story were. This is the exreme liberal version of that. It's things like this that make me embarassed to be a liberal feminist. If you're not able to understand the difference between real life and fiction then this show is for you.
Iâm not a movie buff by any means but I enjoy this podcast immensely because of the humor, the honesty, and the great guests. I enjoy listening to the episodes on movies I have or havenât seen because the commentary is great!
I went in with an open mind but after a few episodes I had to stop. Iâm not sure what this podcast is aiming for. A serious discussion about the role of women in movies or just random âjokesâ that run on for far too long. Some of the episodes do have insightful points but unfortunately I think they are overshadowed by their immaturity and often forced views. Here are some of the most egregious examples in my opinion: In the Moana episode the guest outright says that by stealing the heart of Tafiti, Maui rapes her. The hosts just blindly agree with that heavily exaggerated statement and I find it does a great disservice to the victims of rape when people just loosely throw that word around. He stole a relic was punished for it but then eventually learned from it. They also talk way too much about how gorgeous The Rock is. Donât get me wrong he is but itâs hypocritical that a podcast that talks about women being objectified in movies are frequently objectifying men. In the Harry Potter episode they ironically praise how Hermoine is a âknow-it-allâ and then just state how itâs okay for her to be snotty to the boys in the movie. More hypocrisy. Also anytime a man explains something to a woman apparently itâs always âman-splaningâ which I find ridiculous. As if a man canât just be a condescending jerk but rather itâs always about talking down to women because they are women. In the Scream episode the guest is a fan of the movie and has lots to say but it seems like they donât allow them to talk much or like the movie. Full disclosure I may be mistaking this episode for another but Iâm pretty sure it happened in multiple episodes.
I enjoy and appreciate what the show is trying to do; namely, addressing female representation in movies. It has helped me analyze and watch media content with a different lens. On to the critiques, which I give out of the hope the show can be better. One, the running inside jokes can be a bit tiringâespecially when repeated every episode. Two, Caitlin and Jamie donât do enough research. This really undermines their ability to advocate for women when they can be easily knocked down for saying things that are not accurate or are poor assumptions. For example, on the Bend It Like Beckham episode there was zero appreciation for the history of racism against the Irishâespecially Irish Catholicsâon the part of Brits. Could we debate whether it compares to that experienced by Indian people? Yes, but thatâs not what was done. As another example, in Crazy Rich Asians, though no one knew what game theory was, Caitlin felt the need to say that because Rachel was an Econ professor she should have addressed issues with class and wealth distribution. One, not all economists agree with equal distribution of wealth. Two, game theory is more often applied in micro Econ, not macro so income inequality probably wouldnât be in Rachelâs wheelhouse. I know both of these probably require more knowledge than the two are willing to seek out but consider this: Caitlin and Jamie didnât even know what Singapore was. THE ENTIRE MOVIE WAS SET THERE AND THE SETTING WAS CRITICAL TO THE MOVIE. I can maybe forgive not knowing what game theory is or being familiar with Irish history, but this latter point is answered by looking at Wikipedia. They would serve their cause better by striving for the level of research and concise discussion Holly and Tracy do on SYMIHC (an in-network podcast for comparison). Finally, they need to let their guests talk more. I find that I want to hear more of what the guests have to say because often their perspective is not part of the narrative we hear, from films to even critiques. This is why the Black Panther episode was so good. The guests had great knowledge, were personable, and actually had time and space to speak. Compare that to Crazy Rich Asians or some other episodes where Caitlin and Jamie do a disproportionate amount of talking. Instead of uplifting different voices, they just give a token amount of time to others in between their own conversations. It can be so bad that I sometimes forget a guest is there. Overall, Iâll still listen. But I wish it could do better.
Just started the podcast and binged a ton of episodes in one day. Caitlin and Jamie are hysterical.
I work at a company where I can listen to podcast all day and this is by far my favorite. I found this by accident and have binged it ever since. I love the witty humor and wonderful hosts. I think the Bechdel test is great. Also the intro song is so addictive that I sing it at my desk. No shame.
This is an amazing, engaging podcast. However, their review of, for instance, Wet Hot American Summer was just weird. Itâs a satire, yes. They satire different tropes in 70s films. Every joke is that. I just am not sure how that gets missed. You canât exactly apply the Bechdel test to it. They are satiring in part the lack of personality in female characters in 70s summer teen flicks. Other eps are SPOT-ON and absolutely rip the hetero norm film world.
a coworker told me about this podcast and iâve been listening since then! really appreciate that the podcast takes an inclusive, intersectional approach to discussing the portrayal of womxn in movies both in the conversation, and the guests who visit the show. caitlin and jamie - keep up the great work! canât wait for paddington to be the next celebrity guest!
I love to hear these ladies and their opinions on movies. They bring up ideas I never thought of when watching. Their tangents are also funny.
I love this podcasts
This show is amazing and hilarious and I love it. Full marks.
The Bechdel Cast is an amazing feminist podcast that anyone who truly wants to evaluate and appreciate movies (not just fawn over nostalgia) should be able to appreciate. And in doing so, you'll learn the true extent of the patriarchy. Each episode is great, and Jamie and Caitlin have great chemistry in their discussions that really get through and beyond the Bechdel Test. We are now convinced that there is no such thing as a good '80's movie. Such is our enlightenment. Thank you. It would be nice for the ranking system to be more rigorous, but it's still awesome.
Been listening since the beginning and the pod has consistently become more insightful and critical on gender dynamics in film. Also I canât watch a movie now without seeing it through this lens
This is a genuinely smart and funny podcast that does a great job examining our favorite movies in a more progressive lens. The hosts are so hysterical that I have messed up applying eyeliner while listening because I was laughing so hard. So do yourself a favor and listen to this podcast, just not while doing your makeup.
I love this podcast so much, I love Jamie and Caitlin, Iâm pretty sure we are best friends even though we have never spoken in person. ALSO this podcast has caused me to bother everyone around me with hot takes on representation in every piece of media I consume
This show is great fun and makes me laugh all the time. It's silly and progressive, but I also think many people take it too seriously. Sit back and enjoy!
Make no mistake, I enjoy this podcast! Caitlin and Jamie are doing an awesome thing by drawing attention to intersectional feminist issues in movies. I learn a lot listening to them, watch movies very differently now, have used their episodes as launching points for my own discussion of movies with others, and have added their podcast to my list of âdiscussion-based media to look for after watching a movie.â Theyâve changed the way I watch movies, and I applaud them for what they do.The thing I would change is a lot of the language and humor. While they have a great message, it can get lost in the swearing and adult humor. Itâs pretty cringy and almost turned me off of sticking with the podcast after the first episode. I decided that the feminist education was more important, but I would still like to see the language and jokes cleaned up. Itâs prevented me from sharing it with a lot of people I think would enjoy it. Ultimately a great cause, just could use some polishing. (Caitlin and Jamie, you handled yourselves so well for Alfred Molina, try more of that in future episodes!)P.S. This should not read as a man policing womensâ expression, I would be equally displeased with two men swearing/making the same jokes.
This podcast got me into podcasts. This podcast made me create a patreon account so I could get more of it. This podcast is the only podcast I have merch from. Caitlin and Jamie are hilarious and insightful, and most of all just a great time to listen to.
I really enjoy listening to this podcast. I think the hosts approach the movies and the podcast with sincerity, intelligence, and a dose of absurdity that appeals to me. I appreciate the range of movies they cover and the guests they choose, as well as learning and adapting as the podcast has gone on.
This podcast is like 90% awesome. The topic remains vital AF, the hosts are very well informed about the social issues theyâre tackling, and Jamie Loftus in particular brings a fantastic amount of levity with an irrepressibly great sense of humor. Straight faced jokes about Beetlejuiceâs sexual anatomy, running gags about the title âfeminist iconâ being sarcastically bestowed upon people like Pauly Shoreâthis kind anarchic silliness takes material that can accumulate into a major bummer and makes it FUN to dig into. The 10% of the show thatâs less than awesome is small, but it does have the power to drive you disproportionately insane, particularly if youâre not just into feminism, but into film. For two hosts who specifically chose to host a show about movies (and especially considering that Caitlin Durante has a running joke about her masterâs degree in screenwriting) the holes in their knowledge about film and thus, their sometimes inadequate context for discussions about how things are presented in the realm of cinema, can be surprising. For example, devoting an episode to discussing issues of gender and sexuality in the movie Mission Impossible, while never once mentioning that the film was directed by Brian De Palmaâwhoâs best known for overtly dealing with themes of sexuality and fetishization in his filmsâcan make the whole episode feel like a lost opportunity. Not to mention that they dismiss Emmanuelle Beart as a token hot girl, ignoring her hugely respected acting career in her native France. Incidentally, they then mention Mission Impossibleâs star appearances by Jon Voight and Emilio Estevez, and dismiss the rest of a supporting cast that includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Ving Rhames, and Jean Reno as a bunch of âno-names.â If youâre a casual listener for whom movies arenât a particularly strong interest, maybe these totally are no-names, but itâs not that wild to expect the hosts of a movie podcast to be familiar with the stars of The English Patient, Pulp Fiction, and The Professional. The hosts also clearly do research, but will leave important questions to hang in the wind. Like when discussing Cruel Intentions, they talk about a sexual relationship between a female character whoâs a teenager and a male character whoâs a music tutor. They ponder over the male characterâs age to determine if this a relationship between peers, or if itâs predatory, and Durante points out that the male character is described as attending Pre-Juilliardâwhich should indicate his age if we can discern whether this is a high school or a college, right? Well, in the same breath, she says she doesnât know what Pre-Juilliard is, so oh well, no answers there. A question that could literally be answered in 15 seconds DURING recording with the use of a smartphone just ends up hanging there. For the record, Pre-Juilliard is a K-12 school. This stuff drives me crazy, but I fully acknowledge that it probably doesnât bug most listeners.Iâm also not a huge fan of the broad strokes with which the hosts can sometimes paint over nuance with unmodulated rhetoric, particularly when it comes to older films. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is almost shocking in its uncompromising focus on female friendship for a movie made in 1953. But Durante remains so narrowly focused on how anti-feminist it is for a movie to depict two women seeking financial security through marriage, she facilitates zero discussion about the historic context that made âgold diggingâ one of a womanâs very few options for long term security or even survival in 1953. Shouldnât there be room to talk about the misogynistic system in which these âgold diggersâ were attempting to survive? Again, it just feels like a lost opportunity. At the same time, Durante and Loftus both offer copious respectful space for their guests to offer outside perspectives, and that probably speaks to their well equipped facilities as hosts more than anything. If you care deeply about both feminism and film, itâs sort of the perfect podcast, but also one thatâs guaranteed to sometimes push your buttons. If deep down, I didnât basically love it, Iâm sure I wouldnât have just written a freaking novella about it.
One host likes sci-fi and action, the other musical camp giving the podcast a diverse conversation on the topic without bias. I love this podcast and I love the hosts. Respectfully disagreeing and working together in a fun way is awesome to hear as women are not portrayed well in most movies. Consider this representation! I also love that one host often âwatched the movie this morningâ because they arenât biased by nostalgia. I think this podcast is a perfect storm and recommend to anyone.
I deeply appreciate this podcast! As a mother of two young boys, this podcast was helpful to shape the conversations I have when we watch movies together. There are also plenty of fun facts and a great dynamic between the hosts that makes it an enjoyable listen. Thereâs adult language and humor, so Iâm glad itâs not a dry, dense show. I recommend this podcast!
Hands down the best podcast for feminist discourse, Alfred Molina love, steampunk shade and unabashed love for the movie Titanic. These women are F U N N Y. Truly a breath of fresh air in the otherwise swampy bog that is 2018. Also screw all of the MRAs messing with their rating, this is a full five star podcast.
Just wanted to hear people talk about a movie I really liked but instead they picked on every single thing their liberal agenda did not completely line up with. JUST TALK ABOUT THE MOVIE. Stop talking about how everyone else needs to see the world like you.
10 OUT OF 5 NIPSCanât get enough! Love these hilarious women and so happy to hear the conversations they have.
I love these two. They are hilarious and insightful.
This podcast confirms that dreams do come true. If you obsessively discuss the perfect man he will appear on your podcast.
This podcast is one of the few things that got me through the misery of finals, and itâs sustaining me while I recover from spinal surgery. This show is a comedy gem that never fails to get an ugly laugh from me.
THEY GOT FEMINIST ICON ALFRED MOLINA SO DESERVE ALL THE STARS
Some of the episodes are excellent but many of them are painful to listen to because the hosts either know barely anything about the movie or obviously dislike the movie and donât express why very intelligently. I appreciate the premise of the podcast but poor execution ruins many of the episodes.