The Bechdel Cast
The Bechdel Cast
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The Bechdel Cast is a podcast about the portrayal of women in movies hosted by Caitlin Durante and Jamie Loftus.
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Had to ding you in the rating the same way you dinged Lupita for an offensive comment outside the movie. Wouldn’t have if you did the same for white actresses. How ironic of you for this movie, and for your supposed new direction...
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LOVE THIS SHOW
Caitlin and Jamie are the best and they and the show continue to learn and grow and its amazing
Not George
Fantastic Podcast!
Few podcasts have re-listen-ability, but I’ve already listened to every Bechdel Cast episode multiple times since March 2020. Caitlin and Jamie ( their guests) are always so funny and insightful. This podcast has made me think a lot more about intersectional representation on screen as well as behind the camera.
Pralines&Dick
Outstanding analysis
This has fundamentally shaped the way I think about film and tv. The discussion is regularly hilarious too. I’m now convinced that a certain actor must have it in their contracts that they must appear fully clothed whenever they’re in the water.
Cassowarying
Editing needs work
I love the content and guest of this podcast but there is a very consistent issue with the shows editing that causes a loop in content. I hope this makes sense, the conversation will cut off in a place and pick up earlier in the conversation so you end up hearing the same segment of conversation two maybe three times and then it often jumps again. Also, there’s inconsistency with the volume. Some ads will be really really loud while the shows audio is super soft. Want to give the show 5 stars but these issues are really dragging the exerience
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YanniJ
You're Not Crazy!
You're not crazy, that thing in the movie that you thought was kinda sexist IS sexist! This podcast has helped me feel more confident in trusting my instincts when a movie makes me feel weird about how women are portrayed, even when the rest of the world tries to convince me that there's nothing wrong. Intersectional AF; Caitlin and Jamie are sweet, silly, funny, and fearless. 5 Nipples.
Droop-Eyed Hooplehead
i luv jamie and caitlin so much :c
my FAVORITE podcast!! team dry scab till i die
Madas Hell
Great show’
What a great show and awesome insight into films that have shaped our current culture. So many movies I would think pass and do not. Just finished 10TIHAY and would love to hear them cover O(thello) with Julia Stiles, Cider House Rules (first inclination is no pass...) WITH MICHAEL CAINE and Heartbreakers with Jennifer Love Hewitt (I want to believe it will pass, but bot sure).
LauraEC81
Smart and funny!
This show got me thinking about movies and writing in a different way, looking at them through a feminist lense and through a screenwriting lense. For that I’ll always be grateful to them! The hosts are intelligent, funny and they always find something positive about a movie so the show is never a drag to listen to.
LeeLee333love
Great podcast that grows old quickly
Jamie is great! The guests are great! But, my god, Caitlin is such a wet blanket. I wonder if she’s ever actually enjoyed a movie or experienced joy, even momentarily.
Gareth Lane
Highly recommended
This show is informative, thoughtful, challenging, and very funny. The hosts are great at acknowledging their own gaps in knowledge and bringing in relevant people to speak on topics as needed. I should note that some of the discussion can get vulgar and they do not shy away from difficult subjects. For me, this is a positive, but I can see how it would be a negative for others. This show is not suitable for children.
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B.jorn
Women!
Love women, love feminism, love movies. It’s 5 stars from me
AaaaaaaaaaaaaayLMAO
A weekly highlight!
Always entertaining.
thatsmecnb
Unforgivable
If you’re done with JGL I’m done with this podcast. Also it’s sort of a downer.
Lokiloo93
Surprisingly Incurious
I really love the hosts who are funny and insightful and have very good chemistry. The podcast itself has revealed itself to be pretty myopic. The vast majority of movies they review are from white, male directors. Movies made before the 1980s essentially don’t exist. Movies made in other countries essentially don’t exist. Women filmmakers and filmmakers of color fair as well on the podcast as they do in the industry itself. There’s only been a minuscule number of queer films discussed. They obsessively cover D-Coms but as far as I can tell have discussed exactly one film from the 1970s, a kind of fertile time for movies, out of 200 . And oddly, though they regularly claim that the Bechdel test is rarely passed, nearly 3/4ths of the movies they’ve done have passed the Bechdel Test which undermines one of the premises of the podcast. I think basically they are two people who don’t like movies that much or at least have very narrow interests in movies who’ve made a movie podcast. So the material they are drawn to—mainstream, white, straight, popcorn movies made from the 1990s onward—is too shallow to remain interesting as the podcast ages. It is a nice case study in biases. They seem to be sensitive, good-hearted people who’ve still made a years and years long podcast that’s reinforced a white patriarchal standard and even that they’ve done just for nostalgic millennials who don’t like movies unless they play on a minimum of six screens at a multiplex.
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ChamberlainsHinge
Best Out There
Always funny, always interesting, always informative, always relevant. Amazing guests, hilarious bits/callbacks/inside jokes. It's, uh, maybe a little much to admit that I have, within the last 8 months, listened to the entire run of this podcast, including the matreon episodes. And it has been an amazing ride. It also may be a little much to admit this but my personal journey towards being a better man, partner, feminist, ally, human (to the extent that I am decent at being any of those things in general) has been substantially aided by the hosts, guests, and content of this podcast. As a fan of film (I hate to mention this but I AM one language credit away from a film degree and have been for over a decade) and a SJW killjoy, this podcast really hits all my interests. Please keep up the amazing work, y'all! And thank you for all the hard work! Hoping those in charge are paying attention and that us film enjoyers keep demanding better. Seriously, thank you.
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comradereplicant
Love it...but it’s buggy
Love this show, love the hosts, but it repeats segments over and skips a lot. Very buggy. I listen to it on my iPhone, and only have problems with iheart podcasts.🙄
Skardycatt
Meh
I love the premise for the podcast: analyzing film through a lens of representation. But the execution is pretty sloppy and has a constant feeling of being under-researched. Each episode being interesting really hinges on whether or not the hosts enjoyed the movie. If they did then there is a constructive analysis. If they didn’t then it’s an almost unbearable hour of bad jokes. Hit or miss. Mostly miss.
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Taddpolaski
5 nipples
I’m so glad I found this podcast! I love Caitlin and Jamie. The bechdel cast is fun and entertaining while at the same time shedding new perspectives on movies I grew up watching. I love the blend of humor and insight. All the nipples to Caitlin and Jamie!
Carlshun Rose
If read, read past first two sentences.
Ok, this isn’t fair to your podcast because I’ve literally been thinking about writing a review based on one podcast (the Fight Club podcast) and that ain’t exactly right, but... I’ve got to the point where you say David Fincher made a movie about Mark Zuckerberg being cool and I just feel like I must just write the review at this point (once again unfair). You guys are funny as all get out, even jokes about Fight Club that I don’t agree with the point you’re making about Fight Club are funny. I’m sorry that’s pretty much all the positive I have to say, but as I said, I’ve only listened to maybe a third of a single podcast of yours about a movie I like. I just heard your idea about David Fincher and The Social Network and had to say something (probably could’ve tweeted you guys or something instead of leaving a review, but, idk what would get read best). From your idea that The Social Network is a film about how Mark Zuckerberg is cool, I believe I can diagnose the problem with how you read into Fight Club (personal opinion brought to bring you down!!! 😄). It seems, based on one podcast, that you’re reading into what goes on in these movies on a level that doesn’t account for everything going on in the film. It’s possible you’re taking the the legitimate perspective of feminism (idk how else to say that, but ik it must sound demeaning in a way and I don’t mean that) and using that to read into acts that happen and things said without taking into account what, in regard to Fight Club, is some of the subtext. To me, none of what the fight club in Fight Club does should be read as some positive thing going on first and foremost. I think that becomes especially clear when you become aware that the fight club is organized by a disturbed individual (being mentally ill myself, I want to be clear the difference between mentally ill and disturbed). The problem, which can come from the side of reading into the film the way you did in a very different way, is mainly those men that can’t or don’t want to read into the film in the way it should be read and glorify what is going on. I can definitely see the argument that Fight Club should make this more easily recognizable to audiences, but to disregard what the film is saying about the actions taken in it entirely when talking about it doesn’t feel right to me. Also, I can’t help but say it befuddles me that anyone can watch The Social Network and think it holds Mark Zuckerberg in high regard (which at this point in my listen to the podcast is only said by one person). -Unfair review from someone previously a film student.
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mrajam92
Mixed Results and Performative Values
I really go back and forth on if I want to keep listening to TBC. I love detailed analyses of media through a social lens, but after a few episodes you start to notice that that’s only happening some of the time. When it does happen, this show is often GREAT. But mostly your enjoyment hinges on agreeing with Caitlin and Jamie because their discussion of a movie often relies less on its representation of women and more on if they like the movie they’re talking about; feminism and social justice issues are mostly just used as props to show why they’re right. They make a great point on their episode for The Witch about how confused the metaphor gets by having witches be real, but also mark it down for pretty random reasons with a really base-level reading (and really, “vi-vitch” jokes were tired in 2015, and that movie didn’t even get a wide release until 2016). Conversely, Now and Then (which, I agree, is a classic!) gets points for representation that didn’t even make it past the development stages and is actually contradicted in the finished film. It’s mostly a mixed bag because their discussion of film through a feminist lens is very basic and often shoddy. The hosts can be fun to listen to if you’re willing to just turn your brain off and have fun...the problem is that that’s exactly what they’re telling you not to do with media!
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bw2025
5 Nipples for the Bechdel Cast!!
I listen to them every. day. Alllll day!!! They really get me through my work day! I love that it’s both insightful, but also just FUN! I love that it’s an intersectional discussion that will also make my laugh my ass off at times. Also LOVE the mercy!! Wish there was more 💕
Whatever -_-
Suckerpunch?
Surprised not to see this one ripped apart
Hazel Bellhop
So Funny, So Smart
The hosts are the perfect blend of smart commentary and silly jokes. I love that they make serious points without taking themselves too seriously. This podcast always makes me laugh, has introduced me to so many worthwhile movies, and makes me think harder about what media I consume and how. Thanks!
pfjaded
Love this podcast!!
I’m so impressed by Caitlin and Jamie. The concept of using the Bechdel Test to jumpstart a more nuanced conversation is brilliant, and they have a diverse array of guests so it’s not always just a straight white viewpoint. I like their commitment to be more conscious of showcasing filmmakers of color. They really take intersectional feminism to heart and practice what they preach.
bsloths
Potential?
I really want to like this podcast. I keep trying. I like Jamie and the guest stars most of the time. Caitlin is always so negative though. I understand that once you train yourself to see the flaws, that’s all you see but come on! They have no nuance to their views. The world is not all black and white, I wish they would have more intelligent discussion about the shades of gray instead of just lambasting everything as wrong. This coming from a queer feminist WOC.
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monanic
My favorite podcast
Once upon a time I too got a master’s degree (hate to bring it up) and wrote my thesis about Disney’s ~Frozen~ and although I’m no longer in the field, this pod absolutely satisfies my itch to discuss trivial topics in tireless depth! I look forward to every episode, even about movies I have never seen, and often re-listen as media comfort food in anxious times. Thanks for keeping the content coming, for being eager to learn and improve, and for helping me seem very smart during arguments about movies. Love the pod forever. 💘
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Tansy K
A godsend (no lie)
In the early days of the covid-19 lockdown, my anxiety shot through the roof and I couldn’t stand listening to my usual daily news podcasts reporting increasingly catastrophic case numbers anymore. TBC gave me the escapist content I needed to help maintain my sanity during those early months. It’s also been interesting to hear their process, and I’m glad that they noticed how white their backlog of movies were and vowed a change. Since Jamie mentioned she reads all the reviews, I want to offer these recommendations: Better Luck Tomorrow, Saving Face, The Last Airbender, Fantasia (lol that would be a fun recap), Searching. Also can we get TV pilot episodes, maybe during pilot season??
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Juli_Z
I just love this podcast!
I feel compelled to review because I haven’t been listening as frequently now that we’re in the “quar” but my love is still so strong! Jamie and Caitlin are the kind of people I want to be - smart, funny, and thoughtful (but like so funny!) they scratch my itch to engage in “the discourse” of the importance of representation. Thank you for all the laughs and showing people that you can love a thing and still be critical xoxo
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meghzdev
Over it
Used to really enjoy the pod, but it’s become repetitive, reductive, and very hard to listen to.
MontegoXKurosawa
Intersectional Movie Suggestion
This is one of my favorite podcasts, and I am so pleased the hosts are continually growing to be more inclusive and are not shy about owning up to their blind spots. It is yet another thing that helps me feel comfortable owning up to my own blind spots so I too can grow. I just wanted to suggest the film The Fits in the interest of intersectional feminism, as well as being a black movie not focused on pain (other than growing pain).
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tarlf
Love the show, but you forgot one
I’m so glad I found this podcast as it highlights a major problem with media in America. Women are roughly 50% of the population but representation in media is sorely lacking. Anyway, in the recent BLM episode the hosts were giving shout outs to their past guests of color. You left out Nicole freaking Byer! I absolutely love her. She did the Ghost episode. Please have her back on the show. She’s absolutely hilarious. More Nicole Byer please!
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L Lorona
One of my favorites
I love the weekly drops. I am always excited about new episodes. My favorite episodes is what women want and the beguiled.
Bumblingaround
Black Lives Matter
I’ve listened to this podcast for a while but decided to review after they released an entire episode with resources for Black Lives Matter. 5 stars for doing the work and uplifting black voices.
AudraJude
I tried
I really tried to like this podcast, but the dialogue is way to meandering (I don’t want to hear how drunk the hosts are). I do identify as a feminist, love film and the simplicity of trying to find films where women have meaningful conversation. Ironically, in the intro to the ‘Legally Blond’ podcast the hosts said they were demonstrating passing the Bechtel test and then used an example of a time when two women in the film were teaching each other how to engender the male gaze (the bend and snap move). Sheesh, common people! This podcast doesn’t have enough structure or analysis for me.
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Arwenator
Fun to listen to, a few suggestions
I have loved this podcast since I first listened to the Mission Impossible episode two years ago. I do have suggestions, though. I wish the hosts would do two things: First, make sure they both have actually watched the movie. Second, stop speculating that the mere presence of a woman in the writing room leads to better, intersection-aware characters. They raise their hands and admit that it is speculation, but continuing to put it forth is detrimental to what I think is the podcast’s goal of increasing awareness of not just non-cis-male but also non-white, non-cis-anything, and non-hetero representation in film, in my opinion. Having written in an all-female-identifying group for four years, I can tell you that we certainly produced female characters of whom we are not too proud, looking back. Women can write women poorly, too. Aside from that, I love the podcast. It lightens gloomy days and indulges my nostalgia for the movies I watched when I was younger. That feeling when they pick up on something that has bothered me about a movie is amazing!
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Sam Renprax
Fun to listen to, but not super insightful
This is a conversational podcast, so don't expect any real structure or in-depth analysis (also, prepare for a LOT of tangents not related to the movie). The level of actual critique is really dependent on the guest they have, but it is typically more of a surface level discussion. Being a woman of a similar age as the hosts, I especially enjoy listening to the episodes about movies I/we watched as young teens (Clueless, Mean Girls, Bring It On, etc), and the difference in viewing these movies as adults. Edit: As the podcast has progressed, it has become more structured, which is great!
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You are so annoying OMG
Great Content
I love this podcast, y’all are so funny and smart, I’ve listened to almost every episode. Also I just found out from the little miss sunshine episode that Caitlin and I have the same birthday :)
litalingka
Everything you want
Hysterical, self-aware, they NEVER forget a movie or actor name, trying to make the world a better place but still able to compartmentalize when a fave is problematic, also the hosts are so good the guests can’t ruin it—i have listened to almost the entire back catalogue in quarantine and am convinced Caitlin and Jamie are the greatest humans of all time. About to join the patreon so i can become a full time member of their cult.
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krcola
Jamie and Caitlyn are my best quarantine friends
They are absolutely hilarious!!! I love them. So smart and so funny. They’ve been real companions during this lonely time and I hope they know how great and fun they are ❤️
i<3hellogoodbye
Five Nipples for Bechdel Cast
I am giving my nippples to Rose from Titanic, Queer Icon the Grinch, and Feminist Icon Beetle Juice. Oh man. I love this show so much. I will literally laugh out loud while listening. I have also started watching movies differently. It’s opened my eyes to how women are treated in movies and media. I just cannot recommend this podcast enough.
Fabala2007
Feminist Icon
I can’t stop calling people “feminist icon” and I love it.
Flock of Bats
8 nipples
Could use more vulgar language please
ChompaChompaChompa
Feels like listening to my smartest friends
I love this podcast. It’s my always listen, never skip an episode. What keeps me interested is the growth over the years and the nuance of the discussions while still being so funny.
softlyraining
As a cisgender political animal movie buff...
this podcast is great The flow is usually consistent but when its not the detours are always enjoyable. The background on the movies always offers great insight even on movies I thought I knew a lot about The humor is key and you dont have to be a woke peta bread leftist to appreciate it as the backbone of the entire program sre the big brains and hot takes of the hosts. My girlfriend plays this in the background and i tangentially would tune in when my ear caught the mention of an actor or directress i liked. It was not until i listened to the entire episode of "500 days of summer" while my girlfriend slept that I realized i grew up as a dude who thought that I knew about movies and what made them great. The bechdel cast rightfully tore the nostalgia from my brain about that movie and helped me realize it aint that great and ill be thankful for them helping me lighten my dvd wall. Be well you scrappy masters degree in screen writing having super people you.
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Weeberman
The Discussion That We Need
The conversations held here are so important. Thank you Kaitlyn and Jamie, for opening up an avenue for us to explore our place in media as women.
women in film
I tried...
I really tried to like this podcast. Seemed like a no brainer for me as a movie lover and a feminist. But there’s no insightful analysis or entertainment value here. It’s just 2-3 women describing the plot of a movie (poorly, I might add) and occasionally making lame attempts at jokes. I tried for 3 episodes, each more painful than the next and riddled with inaccuracies.
emj52002
Finally!
Caitlin and Jamie have created a podcast that finally answers for me why even “classic” movies can seem lacking. Looking at all types of movies, from decades ago up to the most recent offerings, they discuss how women are presented in film (or if they are even allowed to exist!) The hosts offer smart, in-depth commentary, and are complemented by guests who frequently have specialized knowledge to bring to the table. Caitlin and Jamie’s banter and personalities just make this a fun romp that also feeds your brain. Bravo!
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Mama Morabito
Five Stars, because Apple Doesn’t Do Nipple Ratings
One of the funniest, freshest podcasts I’ve ever heard. Jamie Loftus and Caitlin Durante complement each other’s brands of humor well to create a podcast about the representation of women in movies that is insightful, thought-provoking, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. The guests are amazing and add their own insight and humor, but the Caitlin/Jamie only episodes are just as fantastic. Keep it up, Caitlin and Jamie! Thank you for being two of the brightest spots in my life and for ruining so many movies for me!
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kaitlynking87
No longer funny
I used to really love this podcast and listened to every episode, but lately it has become unbearable. If the hosts don’t like a movie, they criticize every detail, tearing it to shreds. Listening is often more painful than enjoyable. They are far too willing to give movies they arbitrarily like a “pass” when it comes to feminism missteps. I can’t take it anymore. This is a comedy podcast. I get that. But I hoped for more.
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rerika11
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