The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: The Maze Runner

While The Maze Runner was enjoyable to watch it completely failed to pass the Bechdel, Russo and race test.

The Maze Runner failed to pass all of these tests because there were only two women, and they never spoke to each other (perhaps we’ll learn in the sequels why there was only one female Glader?); because there were no LGBT characters; and because the non-White characters who appeared in the film never spoke to each other (which was especially disappointing since two of the main characters were non-White). All else that can be said is that the film wasted any and all opportunities to showcase diverse characters and it failed as epically as a film can when it comes to passing the Bechdel, Russo and race test.

*The Bechdel test entails three requirements:
1. It has to have at least two (named) women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

**The Vito Russo test entails three requirements:
1. The film contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and/or transgender
2. The character must not be solely or predominately defined by her sexual orientation, gender identity and/or as being intersex
3.The character must be tied into the plot in such a way that her removal would have a significant effect

***The race or people of color (POC) test has three requirements:
1. It has two people of color in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something other than a White person

****Just because a film passes the Bechdel, Russo and race test does not mean that it is not sexist, heterosexist, racist and/or cissexist, etc. The Bechdel, Russo and race test is only a bare minimum qualifier for the representation of LGBTI individuals, women and people of color in film. The failure to pass these tests also does not identify whether the central character was a woman, a person of color or a LGBTQI individual and it does not dictate the quality of the film.

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