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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  • Catie_the_Nerd
    Amazing podcast
    I love Caitlin and Jamie and the Bechdel Cast! Not only do they make me laugh in every episode, I absolutely love their content. I’ve always needed a podcast that discusses the representation of women and minorities in film, because that’s a huge passion of mine when I watch movies. I love their scathing reviews of bad movies and their praise of good ones. I never feel like they “ruin” any movies for me, because they’re great at talking about the representative issues without making it seem like the movies aren’t worth watching or enjoying, so I really appreciate that. I would love to talk to them about Harry Potter sometime, because I am the #1 Harry Potter fan, and I know they aren’t the biggest fans of the series. 😊 Keep making episodes, I’ll definitely keep listening!
  • beyonceorbust
    Great podcast but I never know what’s coming!
    I really enjoy this podcast but find myself listening to reviews for movies I’ve never seen. It would be great if you could let listeners know which movie you’ll be reviewing and where we can watch (if possible) a week before. That would be a much better experience.
  • sarameix
    Extremely Thorough and Extremely Funny
    The hosts have such thoughtful insights for movies I never really thought twice about, and I usually burst out laughing multiple times per episode. I’ve been binging this podcast for the past couple months, and it’s definitely made being stuck inside all day a little more enjoyable.
  • dipshitsupreme
    titanic stan representation
    ty for introducing me to feminist icon eel
  • Sacked Summer
    So freaking thorough
    I’m always amazed at what a great job they do, dissecting even the tiniest bits that I would never think to watch. The only downside is I’m becoming a know it all every time my friends mention a movie lol keep it up!
  • AneciaA
    I get annoyed
    I really enjoy the film analysis aspects and revisiting childhood favorites. But my goodness the hosts can be extremely judge-y and sensitive sometimes and take things wayyy too seriously.
  • Zzzzzz[]
    Delightful
    This is a great podcast, even without the live audiences. Only problem is that the ads are much louder than the podcast itself which is irritating. I generally won’t listen to it if I am planning to be handsfree.
  • Noelle80
    Had a Great Run, and Now it’s Crashing and Burning
    This show used to be so funny and it was such a nice break from the misery of the Trump presidency, but in the past year the jokes have stopped, and we’re only talking about how awful everyone and everything is. No thanks. I get enough of that on the news all day.
  • MEOW!!!!!!!!!!
    5 nips
    Good cast! Shocked it doesn’t have its own wiki by now. I want to look up the nipple ratings for every episode! BTW I just listened to the Force Awakens ep. Don’t be hating on Adam Driver like that :(
  • ELPgamer
    Favorite podcast hands down
    I absolutely love this podcast! I love that it gives me a break from my usual news heavy podcasts, and allows me to laugh and forget about the state of world for at least an hour. The hosts are always absolutely hilarious, and I’m so glad they take their podcast seriously while also fully letting loose.
  • visionaria
    One of my faves!
    This is one of those rare shows where even if I haven’t watched the movie, I still listen to the episode.
  • dhissbgdsksbsb
    Brilliant
    Thank you so much for doing this podcast
  • Kristinkrisrin
    Hilarious and insightful!
    Listening to this podcast has helped me understand intersectionality better and also made me laugh out loud. 10/10 recommend if you’re looking to laugh while learning something as well.
  • CarmackGuy
    The best show in my rotation.
    I listen to Bechdel Cast episodes the day the drop. Caitlin & Jamie have the best, funniest, and most thoughtful takes on movies I've ever heard. The guests are great. The criticism is on point. Can't get enough of this show!!
  • Monark48
    Highly Recommend
    The inception episode is one of my favorite podcasts episodes ever.
  • listener rachel
    Obsessed 🤷🏻‍♀️
    I love this podcast! It’s fun, funny, refreshing, and draws my attention to things I miss constantly in film and in media. It makes me a more thoughtful person with the added bonus of making me laugh all the time! Currently listening to some of these episodes again!
  • katscan
    So funny
    Great podcast, very funny and smart!
  • Xjejwnenenar
    Awesome!!
    Have enjoyed listening to this podcasts and has opened my eyes to understanding the lack of strong characters in a film that doesn’t involve falling in love or being obsessed with falling in love and being “rescued” in the end!
  • Oomily B.
    Funny and wonderful
    Love this podcast.
  • arceslay
    My favorite podcast
    I actually replay old episodes sometimes when I’m doing chores around the house!
  • ddaise88
    Good podcast
    I apologize in advance but this will be a Jamie-centric review because she was how I was introduced to this podcast. I first discovered Jamie as a comedian when I came across a video of her dancing next to a train. It stuck out to me because her graceful leaps and spins was really good for someone just doing it for a bit. I did not discover for a few years that she actually has a background in dance. Despite catching my attention in this manner, I did not start following her until she was eating some book that I guess is pretentious (I can’t remember the name but I think it was like Atlas Shrugged in that it is a widely lauded text but it was definitely not Atlas Shrugged). This was such a bizarre act of masochistic performance art that I looked for some videos of her comedy to get some sense of who this person is. I am giving this podcast 5 stars because it is going to be a bit mixed. While I enjoy hearing Caitlin’s and Jamie’s (questionable grammar there but I don’t feel like looking it up at the moment) perspectives on movies as well as those of their guests, I rarely laugh during the podcast (I only mention this because they are comedians and because I laughed recently during an ad when they described a deodorant as “woke”). As a matter of fact, I rarely laughed during the videos I saw of Jamie’s comedy (to be fair, I laugh often but rarely for things that are trying to make me laugh (even if I recognize a constructed comedy bit as “funny” or “good”)). I really follow her because I find her psychologically fascinating. She seems to be in a similar tradition as Jackass or Eric Andre of punishing oneself and probing discomfort as a way of reaching for something ethereal and uncertain. What makes this mind work in the way that it does? It is unclear but it is intriguing. All of this to say, it is not a form of comedy that appeals to me personally but I appreciate that it exists and that she is out there doing her thing. She seems to be searching for some kind of truth in ways that lead to her own suffering for the benefit of strangers (her podcasts on MENSA and Lolita (which I have not listened to so this comes from a place of a degree of ignorance (though I am psychologizing a stranger so this whole review relies on a degree of ignorance and is based on her publicly presented persona)) seem to demonstrate her tendency to interrogate and unearth a kind of dark side of humanity that hides in plain view). I respect it. I will continue to listen to episodes on movies that I might want to get another perspective on and determine whether I should rethink them, watch them again, or peaceably have a different view. If I may also make a recommendation on the off chance that it is actually read, I thought that the episode featuring Julie Klausner was really interesting because she had such a different perspective on that movie and I appreciated hearing the sort of creative tension that resulted so I guess my recommendation would be more of that. While art can be liberatory or destructive (or even both), I think that an important part of its function in society is to generate this sort of engagement. I’m not saying to have like Ben Shapiro on or anything but it was interesting hear a conversation that I think is happening in comedy more generally reflected in a discussion of Ghost World.
  • bingo gubelmann
    Changed the way I watch movies
    This podcast has had the biggest impact of any on the way I consume media
  • itmedave
    👍🏻
    Fun movie, great cast, engaging dialogue. Would watch again 🌚
  • pignetto
    Great podcast
    I like thinking about movies but try and avoid ~film theory~ because at best it’s stupid and at worst it excuses bad behavior, so the author can continue liking something uncool without needing to think critically about themselves. This podcast doesn’t do that, and besides, it’s funny, the hosts have good chemistry, and they have some of the most diverse pool of guests of any podcast I’ve ever listened to, though honestly I think my favorites are the ones where it’s just the hosts. Anyway this is a good podcast and I recommend it for people who are not really uptight and boring about movies. ✌️✌️✌️✌️
  • XoxoCharv
    Doesn’t quite hit the mark
    I feel I’m their target demographic and yet this show often misses the mark for me. I love the concept, but often the insights offered fall flat. I crave deeper and more nuanced analysis than the hosts usually deliver and I find their reviews and takes on films to be predictable and smug. Lots of potential here though, and I do appreciate the lens of the bechdel test.
  • Megs in Balti
    5 Nips, My Favorite Movie Podcast
    I listen to many movie podcasts and this one is absolutely my favorite. I love the picks and I relate to Caitlyn and Jamie so much, plus I’ve learned about many other great podcasts from the guests they have on. My only note is that sometimes the conversation digresses into what the movie could be, instead of critiquing a film for what it is. Still, highly recommend. ✨
  • myrtleturtle06
    Can't miss podcast
    This is one of my favorite podcasts of all time, and I listen to a lot of podcasts. Hilarious hosts Caitlin and Jamie and a guest review popular movies from a feminist perspective. They are both super smart (well, Caitlin does have a master's degree in screenwriting) and I enjoy their discussion even if I haven't seen the movie. And Jamie and I have similarly bizarre taste in men (shout out to Jafar). This is an amazing show and if you're missing it you're missing out!
  • 👁💁🏽‍♂️👏🏽
    Us
    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...
  • Not George
    LOVE THIS SHOW
    Caitlin and Jamie are the best and they and the show continue to learn and grow and its amazing
  • Pralines&Dick
    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.
  • Cassowarying
    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.
  • Janice1210
    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
  • Droop-Eyed Hooplehead
    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.
  • Madas Hell
    i luv jamie and caitlin so much :c
    my FAVORITE podcast!! team dry scab till i die
  • LauraEC81
    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).
  • LeeLee333love
    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.
  • Gareth Lane
    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.
  • B.jorn
    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.
  • AaaaaaaaaaaaaayLMAO
    Women!
    Love women, love feminism, love movies. It’s 5 stars from me
  • thatsmecnb
    A weekly highlight!
    Always entertaining.
  • Lokiloo93
    Unforgivable
    If you’re done with JGL I’m done with this podcast. Also it’s sort of a downer.
  • ChamberlainsHinge
    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.
  • comradereplicant
    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.
  • Skardycatt
    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.🙄
  • Taddpolaski
    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.
  • Carlshun Rose
    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!
  • mrajam92
    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.
  • bw2025
    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!
  • Whatever -_-
    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 💕
  • Hazel Bellhop
    Suckerpunch?
    Surprised not to see this one ripped apart
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