Battle of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes

DVD - 2017
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In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's world champion Billie Jean King and ex-men's-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.

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andreajesse
May 20, 2018

I'm old enough to vaguely remember when this battle took place. Unbeknownst to me, a sexual revolution was taking place. I was too young to appreciate the significance of it all. It's an important story to tell and had an impact on society in a few ways. First and foremost, Billie Jean King dared to stand up to the sexist tennis community that allowed women champions to be paid way less than the men. She lead her fellow female tennis players in a revolt and won. Her much publicized match and victory over Bobby Riggs was icing on the feminist cake, but the road was not an easy one and included a lesbian affair that Billie had to keep secret from everyone out of fear of the stir that could cause in the unforgiving 1970s. Emma Stone does a respectable job as Billie. Steve Carell is the spitting of Bobby Riggs and not only in looks. He pulled off all of Bobby's antics brilliantly. The biggest pleasant surprise was Sarah Silverman who steals every scene she's in as the women tennis players' manager.

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matcat44
May 15, 2018

Found it rather dry.

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wildct2003
May 13, 2018

From the cover of the DVD I was expecting a lighter mood to the story. Still a good story, but more serious than fun.

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msevinrud
May 12, 2018

Didn't really bring anything new to the story. But glad story was retold, hopefully to a younger generation who had no idea what it took to get there.

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MB85CAL
Apr 23, 2018

Entertaining and well cast. Emma Stone and Steve Carrell are spot on in their performances. This film is most definitely a reminder of Billie Jean King's courage in paving the way for women tennis players as professional athletes deserving of equal compensation for their talent and hard work in the sport of tennis by founding the WTA (Women's Tennis Association). She was one of several women of her generation who were not afraid to stand up, speak up, and make a difference.

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vickmeister
Apr 23, 2018

An entertaining, well-acted account of the events that led up to the infamous tennis match that pitted the talented Billie Jean King against the self-described "Male Chauvinist Pig" tennis champ Bobby Riggs. I was just hitting puberty during this point in time and remember it as a famous media moment in the "women's lib" struggles of the early 1970s. I felt this was an attempt to show the human side of both players and demonstrate their individual strengths and weaknesses, not demonizing or lionizing anyone but showing them as human. Well-done piece that captures the spirit of a moment in time.

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Byond
Apr 16, 2018

What is below the surface of this charming return to yesteryear? We might consider Hillary v. Trump a rematch. In that case we will need a slamming desperado to defeat the next male tricky dick who tries to steal the prize. Four stars because it seems they tried to keep it human.

A good but not great film. I remember the event back when it happened and the players involved. I think they captured that all quite well - just not in a terribly compelling way. Stone is fine but dry as BJK and Carrell is good as BR but the battle itself is a bit flat. The story spent too much time on BJK's love life (compared to very little of BR's) and seemed to be trying to tell a very different story that a tennis match. That's fine if we have a sense of that going in but this was marketed as being about the match and the circumstances around it. Worth a look but if you pass on it, you're not missing much.

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Rag886
Mar 20, 2018

so boring...

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4536o
Mar 09, 2018

Surprisingly well done given neither Stone nor Carell are athletes, much less professional tennis players. Very high level of acting across the cast; Emma Stone is excellent, as usual.

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