The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: The Zero Theorem

Qohen is a programmer that crunches entities in The Zero Theorem. Qohen has been waiting for a phone call for years, and he does not know who will call, what the caller will say or when he will receive the call, but he waits anyway and has even gone so far as to work at home so that he will not miss his much awaited phone call. However, while Qohen only wants to be left alone as he waits for his phone call, people keep intruding into his life, and it is only when he loses his humanity that Qohen becomes human. 

The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test

The Zero Theorem did not pass the Bechdel, Russo or race test. As to why The Zero Theorem did not pass any of these tests, women (whether named or unnamed) never talked to each other; there were no LGBTI characters in the film; and the non-White characters in The Zero Theorem never talked to each other.

*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.