Battle of the Sexes

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  121 min.
In theatres:
September 22, 2017 - Toronto
September 29, 2017 - Expands
October 6, 2017 - Wide

Current rating: Rating: 3.05
based on 38 votes and 15 reviews
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Cast: Emma Stone, Sarah Silverman, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Andrea Riseborough, Alan Cumming

Synopsis

When Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) becomes the number-one women's tennis player in the world, she questions why male tennis players are making more than 10 times what she earns. She doesn't get a reasonable answer, so along with other top female tennis players, she and her manager (Sarah Silverman) refuse to participate in any of the tournaments that have been organized that don't offer equal pay, and form their own tour.

Meanwhile, former tennis champ Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) is living a great post-tennis life with his wealthy wife (Elisabeth Shue), but he misses the thrills of the sport. Calling himself a male chauvinist, he challenges Billie Jean to a match that has a $35,000 purse attached to it. Billie Jean turns it down, believing it to be nothing more than a ridiculous stunt. However, Riggs doesn't give up, going to great lengths to get Billie Jean to play him in a "Battle of the Sexes." 

Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Danny Boyle
Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy
Official Site: battleofthesexes-movie.com

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  • 4 stars "Very well done-the main theme was about Billie Jean fighting for equality (equal pay for women in the tennis world)-no idea why it got classified as a comedy as it definitely wasn’t-it was based quite factually on a true story and portrayed it very well I thought"
  • 4 stars "Writing and acting were very good."
  • 4 stars "well done film popcorn fun except the lez gay thing, but beside that excellent movie"