The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.
He made a bet. She made history.. The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.. Battle of the Sexes Wiki
The 35 mm shooting of this film was a brilliant idea and did give a 70’s feel to the film. Like it or not Billie Jean King made a positive impact in the world of sports and continues to make a huge difference supporting the dignity and diversity of humanity. Emma stone is brilliant in this portrayal of BJK and it is clear that the cast and director were telling this story in a way that life typically happens which is not necessarily linear. The dramatic license taken by the director (considering the year it was released) was just enough of a reminder to not take the forward movement/accomplishments of the past for granted.in the 70’s we were hopeful..... but now we must be vigilant.
Well worth the time to learn about these two people and what it was like for them during this time.
The cast was spot on and so was the writing and directing. Definitely a great Sunday afternoon-er!
Really well-played by Emma Stone & Steve Carell. I’m old enough to remember watching the match between Billie Jean King & Bobby Riggs on tv. This movie really nails what this tennis match meant for a generation of women. It was a huge deal. And the message still resonates in today’s world. Highly recommend this movie to everyone, especially today’s generation of young women. 👏💙
Not that funny, acting is awkward, Steve carrel is the saving grace.
Moves slow and it’s all about a lesbian going after a married woman who cheats on her husband and maintains a relationship with her. The tennis match...which was a huge sporting event at the time was barely part of it. Bad movie
It’s sometime easy to forget that the world today - with many issues yet for equality and acceptance - has progressed from even 40 years ago. It progressed because people like Billie Jean King and others pushed and made change happen through both large and small acts of defiance. I loved watching this movie with my daughter and wife. BTW - while it has a few chuckles, it is not a true comedy. Also, if you have strong negative views of adultery, homosexuality, or smoking (all treated realistically), I suggest you give it a pass. For me, a strong movie with a great story of change that matters to all of us.
Everyone involved did a great job in recreating a brief moment in time, and what was supposed to be just a fun show-biz promotion that ended up having a big impact on the way woman and men relate to each other. The King/Riggs match also greatly increased the prestige and purses in womens' sports on the professional level. This is a movie as much about the way people deal with change in their personal lives, as it is about how we dealt with the changes in the relationships between men and women in the early 70's - after years of upheaval that began in World War 2, when women were needed and allowed to take the place of men in factories and offices across the nation while many of the men were at war. Steve Carell and Emma Stone were great in the lead roles - they did a great job of drawing out the complexities in the lives of Riggs and King at the time of the events depicted - and the complexities of their personalities as well. There are several supporting players who also put in strong performances worthy of their talents - namely the always superb Elisabeth Shue, Alan Cummings, and Sarah Silverman, as well as Bill Pullman in a thankless role. I was watching the real match, and the events leading up to it, when it all happened. The movie brings back the real thing, and what it meant to many of us, very well. The only minor misstep in my opinion was one line at the end uttered by Alan Cumming that was just a bit heavy-handed in its message - but it was defintely a point very relevant to the movie, and to the time depicted in the movie - as it still is today.
I found it very enjoyable. I would find the misogyny completely unrealistic except that as someone raised on 50s and 60s sci-fi growing up, I've heard it as if that level of disrespect were completely normal. I'm glad we're better than that now, if not yet finished. Therefore, I found the story compelling and was right there with Billie the whole way. Each turn felt real enough to be engaging. Some folk say, 'boo it's not a comedy,' but it kinda is. A tragic comedy of errors put on display but the insecure chauvanism of an age I would never see come back. I'll even say, though... I felt compelled to like Bobby, too... perhaps just because of Carell's performance. I'm not sure if I was supposed to, though.
It's such a treat to see a movie well made and well performed. Would watch it again.
Interesting to learn new facts but it ends there
This movie was so crap
This movie was awesome!! Even though I knew how the match ended I was glued to the screen. Stone and Carell put in great performances.
Watch it. Winning and losing are irrelevant; we all grow. Great film.