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29th September
2017
written by Adam

Recounting the drama and events surrounding the early 1970’s Battle of the Sexes tennis event, a showdown between female tennis champ Billie Jean King (Emma Stone), and former tennis champ/hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). Both facing their own demons in a socially and politically slanted era, the end result of this tennis match would be a shock wave across America for a multitude of reasons. Incredibly relevant and relate-able to the political climate of equality that continues to make headlines in present day, Directors Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris and writer Simon Beaufoy set up an insightful and well balanced look to a defining moment for women’s rights and eventually sexual identity. Well matched and paired for their respective roles Stone and Carell work to effortlessly embody their characters, the driven and stoic Billie Jean King and over the top fast mouthed Bobby Riggs. And, with a supporting cast including Elisabeth Shue, Alan Cumming, Sarah Silverman, and Bill Pullman the pedigree bar is risen higher yet. A bit didactic in message by act three, the overall film shines bright regardless. Worthy of your time this weekend, Battle of the Sexes is rated PG-13.

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