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Battle of the Sexes

Rated Parental Guidance

(Mature Theme) 121 minutes

Dir: Jonathan Dayton/Valerie Faris, US
Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Bill Pullman, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, Martha MacIsaac

“An enjoyably lighthearted crowd-pleaser with a serious message at its core, Battle of the Sexes tells an entangled trio of stories. In 1973, tennis champion Billie Jean King took on Bobby Riggs - a former champion and fast-talking huckster nearly twice her age - in a wildly hyped, nationally televised match at the Houston Astrodome. That same year, King, frustrated by inequities in prize money between male and female tennis pros, founded the Women’s Tennis Association, still the governing body of women’s tennis today. And, in King’s personal life, it was a time when she began a closeted lesbian relationship, one that she was terrified would be made public and destroy not just her marriage and career, but women’s tennis. The married directing team of Faris and Dayton has a record of making smart, funny films with heart (Little Miss Sunshine) and it continues here... The pace is swift, and the ’70s setting is rich: the throbbing soundtrack, the retro click of a telephone dial, the bright colors and pageantry of the match... Steve Carell, as Riggs, has a great scene at a Gambler’s Anonymous meeting — ‘You’re all here,’ he says gleefully, ‘because you’re terrible gamblers’ - and he finds hints of loneliness behind this perpetual showman’s bravado. The movie, though, is far more interested in King, and Emma Stone portrays her with an endearing blend of toughness and wonderment.” - Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times