IMDb Adds F-Rating Designating Feminist-Friendly Films

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

The movie database website IMDb has announced a new designation for films that are feminist-friendly.

News came out Tuesday that films that are directed by a female, have “significant women on-screen in their own right” and/or are written by a female will receive the letter F-rating, according to a report published by Fox News. (RELATED: Kellyanne Conway Reveals Her Stance On Feminism)

Cast member Kristen Bell poses at the premiere of "Frozen" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Cast member Kristen Bell poses at the premiere of “Frozen” at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California November 19, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Another way the film can get an F-rating is if it passes the Bechdel test. The test, created in 1985 by Alison Bechdel, says a movie must feature two female characters sharing a conversation about something other than a man.

“The F-rating is a great way to highlight women on-screen and behind the camera,” said IMDb founder Col Needham, according to The Telegraph. (RELATED: It’s 2017, And Feminism Means You Shouldn’t Defend A Woman If She’s Called A ‘Hooker’)

“Our real goal is to reach the stage when the F-Rating is redundant because 50% of the stories we see on-screen are told by and about film’s unfairly under-represented half of the population – women,” Bath Film Festival director Holly Tarquini, who first introduced the idea in 2014, said.

Reportedly the site has already placed the special designation on more than 21, 000 films, including “The Girl on the Train,” “Freaky Friday,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” and “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”

Several films have also received the triple F-rating for encompassing all three of the qualifications. Those include “Frozen,” American Honey,” and “Bridget Jones’s Baby.”

There is no word yet when users can expect to see the new rating appear on the site.

Katie Jerkovich

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