The Bechdel, Russo, and Race Test: The Rover

In The Rover, the world as we know it has collapsed and everyone fights for survival. People are scattered far and between, food and money have become a rare commodity, and theft is common. In this world, Eric, a lone rover, has his car stolen by a group of guys. Eric does not take kindly to this and pursues the men no matter what the cost, for him or for others.

The Rover does not pass the Bechdel, Russo or race test. The film does not pass any of the diversity tests because women never talk to each other, there are no LGBTI characters, and non-White characters never talk 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.

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