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Plot: The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.
Runtime: 121 mins Release Date: 29 Sep 2017
Exhilarating, moving, and even, in a way, healing (by lucieballero)
Exhilarating, moving, and even, in a way, healing. Billie Jean King is an icon and a badass and her story is so satisfying. Emma Stone & Steve Carell deliver brilliant performances. Emma is totally convincing as a woman caught between complicated desires and societal restrictions. I laughed, I cried, I came out energized, moved, full of admiration for the people who do what they love and change the world.
Funny, surprisingly emotional, and inspiring too. (by Hellmant)
'BATTLE OF THE SEXES': Five Stars Out of Five A sports biopic based on the highly publicized 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. It stars Emma Stone as King and Steve Carell as Riggs; with Andrea Riseborough, Austin Stowell, Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Natalie Morales and Alan Cumming in supporting roles. The movie was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the duo also helmed 2006's 'LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE' also costarring Carell , and it was written by Simon Beaufoy who also wrote 1997's 'THE FULL MONTY' . <more>
The film has received mostly positive reviews from critics, but it's a disappointment at the Box Office so far. I loved it! In 1973 Billie Jean King, and other professional women tennis players, are sick of getting paid peanuts compared to the male pros. So they start their own women's tournament, and find sponsoring through a cigarette company. Bobby Riggs Carell is a retired ex-champion tennis player, who also thinks he should be paid more money for a game than he's currently being offered, and he sees a chance to make a lot of money by challenging Billie Jean King to a match. King knows it's all a publicity stunt for Riggs, so she's reluctant to accept his challenge, but then she feels obligated to defend all of women tennis players, by participating in the match. The movie is funny, surprisingly emotional, and inspiring too. Both Stone and Carell are fantastic in the lead roles, and I really like how the filmmakers didn't make Bobby Riggs the 'bad guy' of the movie. He was obviously doing it just to get back in the game, and make some money in the process, and he's actually a really sympathetic character in it. So is Stone, as King, and she makes a great badass heroine in the movie too. There are some classic intense dialogue scenes as well, and some intimate emotional ones too. It's an all around really well made, and effective movie. I really liked 'LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE' too, it was my favorite film of 2006, and I think this is another great addition to Dayton and Faris's resume.
Times change. You should know you just changed them. Someday we will be free to be who we are and love who we love. But now... It's time to join the dance. (by Sylviastel)
Emma Stone is almost unrecognizable as a young Billie Jean King during the unforgettable tennis match between her and Bobby Riggs as the battle of the sexes or genders. The film is well done with Steve Carrell as the likable middle-aged Bobby Riggs. The supporting cast is first rate with Sarah Silverman as Gladys Heldman and Alan Cumming too. The film does focus on Billie Jean's sexuality as she is with a woman for the first time. In reality, Billie Jean King has come as a bisexual in 1981 and divorced her husband Larry King in 1987 after 23 years of marriage. He would remarry and have a <more>
family. Surprisingly, Billie Jean and her partner, Ilona, are godmothers to Larry's children. While the relationship between Billie Jean and the hairdresser seem made for the film, I don't know if it's accurate portrayal. Her marriage to Larry King was quite a partnership. He was her champion off the court as well. Elisabeth Shue played Priscilla Riggs, Bobby's wife too. The film does the best to be accurate about the match. The film is quite a tribute to Billie Jean King who championed the women's rights and equality..
There may have been some slight deviations from the real events in part ...however, Carell does a fine job of recreating the 1-man flying circus that was Bobby Riggs and Emma Stone provides a fine performance as one of the most influential Americans of the last century. The history is well worth seeing again. One can only imagine the immense pressure on King at a time when women were paid a mere pittance in professional tennis compared to men regardless of the equality of ticket sales for men's and women's matches.. King took on an iconic institution ...organized ... and prevailed. <more>
She refused to be bullied and intimidated by USLTA now USTA overlord, Jack Kramer and anyone else who opposed equality. For those who were intending to see a film entirely about one of the major sporting events in the last century...one tennis match watched by 90 million worldwide viewers in the US and 36 countries ....perhaps they would have preferred to see more about the wheeling and dealing that led to the epic in the Houston Astrodome and less about her personal relationships and coming to terms with her sexuality. Nonetheless, coping with all these pressures in the time period only added to the stature of Billie Jean King. Most other humans would have collapsed under the pressure. After all, Riggs had just beaten the world's #1 woman player in May quite easily, 6-2, 6-1. But King won the high-pressure match in 3 sets. And continued the battle for equality for all Americans. in Bobby Riggs defense, it was all an act for him. He loved women and actually he and Billie became good friends following the match until his death in 1995. For whatever complaints critics may have re the direction or writing etc...the telling of the story of this battle for economic and social justice...and for new audiences to gain awareness of what occurred in the 1970s about an event that captured the nation and took it by storm....well worth it!
Tennis and Sex, but without the grunting. (by bob-the-movie-man)
Here's a good test of someone's age.... ask the question "Billie-Jean?". Millennials will probably come back with "Huh?"; those in their 30's or 40's might come back with "Michael Jackson!"; those older than that will probably reply "King!"."Battle of the Sexes" tells the true-life story of US tennis star Billie-Jean King Emma Stone, "La La Land" . The year is 1973 and Billie-Jean is riding high as the Number 1 female tennis player. She is a feminist; she is married to hunk Larry - no not that one - King played by <more>
Austin Stowell "Whiplash", "Bridge of Spies" ; ... and she is also attracted to women, not something she has yet acted on. That all changes when her path crosses with LA-hairdresser Marilyn Andrea Riseborough, "Birdman", "Oblivion" .But this is a side story: the main event is a bet made by aging ex-star Bobby Riggs Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher" ; that - even at his age - as a man he could beat the leading female tennis player of the day.The film is gloriously retro, starting with the old-school 20th Century Fox production logo. And it contains breathtakingly sexist dialogue by writer Simon Beaufoy "Everest", "The Full Monty" . Surely men couldn't have been so crass and outrageous in the 70's? Sorry ladies, but the answer is yes, and the film is testament to how far women's rights have come in 50 years. This is a tour de force in acting from both Emma Stone and Steve Carell, particularly the latter: a scene where Carell tries to re-engage with his estranged wife Elisabeth Shue, "Leaving Las Vegas" is both nuanced and heart-breaking. Stone's performance is also praiseworthy, although it feels slightly less so as it is an impersonation of a relatively well-known figure: this is extremely well-studied though, right down to her strutting walk around the court which I had both forgotten and was immediately again reminded of. One of my favourite movie awards are the Screen Actor's Guild SAG "cast" awards that celebrate ensemble performances, and here is a film that should have been nominated it unfortunately wasn't . Andrea Riseborough; Natalie Morales as fellow tennis player Rosie Casals ; comedian Sarah Silverman "A Million Ways to Die in the West" , almost unrecognisable as the brash publicist Gladys Heldman; Bill Pullman as LTA head Jack Kramer; the great Alan Cumming "The Good Wife" as the team's flamboyant, gay, costume designer; Lewis Pullman as Riggs's son Larry; Jessica McNamee magnetic eyes! as King's Australian tennis nemesis Margaret Court. All bounce off the leads, and each other, just beautifully.Cinematography by Linus Sandgren "La La Land" and editing by Pamela Martin "Little Miss Sunshine" unite to deliver one of the most sexually charged haircuts you are ever likely to see on the screen. For those put off by this aspect of the storyline, the "girl-on-girl action" is pretty tastefully done and not overly graphic: it's mostly "first-base" stuff rather than "third-base"!Directed with panache by the co-directors of the 2006 smash "Little Miss Sunshine" - Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris - all in all it's a delight, especially for older audiences who will get a blast of nostalgia from days when sports were still played at a slightly more leisurely pace... and definitely without the grunting. For the graphical review please visit bob-the-movie-man.com or One Mann's Movies on Facebook. Thanks .
Audiences sometimes show a tendency to stay away from movies founded upon actual people or events, possibly resisting the feeling of allowing a history lesson to interfere with their entertainment. Even a terrific movie such as "The Right Stuff" in 1983 suffered at the box office because many film-goers mistakenly believed the picture to be a documentary.Possibly that's the reason Fox Searchlight Pictures is opening the wonderful new movie "Battle of the Sexes" with such apparent caution, debuting first in major cities and adding additional locations as the picture <more>
builds critical and popular momentum."Battle of the Sexes" depicts with refreshing accuracy an actual 1973 event, at a time when women in sports were achieving some parity with men. The aging Bobby Riggs, sensing in the times an opportunity for self-promotion and financial gain, publicly challenged in turn two of tennis' reigning female champions—first Margaret Court and then Billie Jean King—to matches against him, boasting no woman could compete and prevail in a sporting activity against a man.It seems like the only person who's trying to turn "Battle of the Sexes" into a history lesson is actor Steve Carell, playing the real-life former tennis champion turned gambler, promoter, and hustler Bobby Riggs. Carell disappears so completely into his characterization of Bobby Riggs that it often seems like there's no Steve Carell left.That might be a wonderful achievement for Carell as an actor. But in vanishing so completely into his role, Carell risks alienating the audience in much the same way Dustin Hoffman and Jim Carrey did in 1974's "Lenny" and 1999's "Man on the Moon." Both Hoffman and Carrey were consumed so completely by their impersonations that they forgot their primary goal was to entertain the audience—in their characterizations, Lenny Bruce and Andy Kaufman, the real-life comics they portrayed, became deeply unfunny and unsympathetic people. Faring better in "Battle of the Sexes" is actress Emma Stone as Billie Jean King. With little cosmetic modification beyond her hair style and the addition of King's trademark glasses, Stone easily captures the iconic tennis star's natural dignity and poise. That King is depicted as also coming to terms with her sexuality might be the telescoping of events for dramatic purposes, but the point works well in creating a human dimension in a character who might otherwise have been depicted as too driven, goal-oriented, and bloodless.Written by Simon Beaufoy and directed by the team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, "Battle of the Sexes" becomes a richly enjoyable chronicle of a time and event modern audiences might find difficult to imagine. Those fearing a civics seminar or a documentary can relax—in this retelling, history takes a backseat to superb entertainment.
Great performances by Emma Stone and Steve Carell (by TheTopDawgCritic)
Funny to see all those offended over a simple biographical drama crying sexism and politics. Too bad those can't simply enjoy a great film with great acting and directing. It was an interesting story told very well. 8/10 from me
Great serve for entertainment and equality (by benmccarthy1990)
Battle of the Sexes is an old fashioned, sensitive, crowd pleasing film that never feels outdated. The only downside is how fact & fiction portrayed in Battle of the Sexes almost feels like a documentary.As I was watching Battle of the Sexes, a part of me felt ashamed that attitudes towards women sports, equal pay and rights haven't made giant steps since 1973.From the opening frames, Billy Jean King beautifully played by Emma Stone is fighting against US Lawn Tennis Association for equal pay; men's single prize money is $12,000 and women's single prize money is $1,200. <more>
Billy is asking for equal pay but the male bosses reject her plea; they believe the men's tennis has bigger names, higher quality and draws bigger crowds – despite woman's tennis games drawing the same crowds. Battle of the Sexes isn't about tennis but the universal fight to be freed from the shackles of outdated societal values. Directors Valerie Faris & Johnathan Dayton and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy use the well-worn underdog, sports template to winning effect; repellent villains, training montages, back room deals and typical last-minute setbacks are knowingly included although this did happen in real life . Despite the sport movie clichés, the filmmakers manage to find space for moments of real sensitivity; Billy Jean's self-exploration or Bobby consoling his wife, the tension is felt on both sides.Considering how many high-profile male politicians and public figures have been rightly criticised for their attitude towards women, the film could've taken the easy step to make bobby Riggs a real chauvinistic monster. Credit to Carell and Beaufoy for not descending Riggs into a caricature; he's clown, showman and compulsive gambler who you may perversely believe that he helped Women's Tennis Association in stature.From the 16mm film stock, the sun-dried visuals and music choices; this is a wonderfully romantic film, embracing love in every form and wearing its modern-day parable with pride. Despite BOTS relevant themes, this never feels preachy or one-note while becoming an incredibly entertaining movie.Whether you are voting yes or no in the current plebiscite, I have no doubt anyone watching Battle of the Sexes will be air punching their way to the end and hopefully feel the need to change the world. That's what great entertainment can do; make people unaware they're embracing an disagreeable ideal without realizing it.
the game that turned a King into a queen of her times (by CineMuseFilms)
Unless you are a baby boomer, chances are you know very little about the feminist milestone that attracted one of the biggest audiences in the history of sport. In September 1973, 90 million people around the world watched a 55-year old former men's tennis champion take on the 29-year old No 2 ranked women's champion in a $100,000 winner-take-all tournament. The dramedy bio-pic Battle of the Sexes 2017 tells the story of a repressive era when women were routinely put down and lesbian was a dirty word.Chronic hustler Bobby Riggs Steve Carrel had seen better days but was still <more>
active on the men's senior tennis circuit. At the time, professional sport was a man's world and Riggs was a professional loudmouth and self-promoter who publicly ridiculed women's tennis. He stumbled onto an idea to challenge any woman player to a match, and then soundly defeated the world's Number 1, Margaret Court. With an over-sized ego, he hiked up the prizemoney and world Number 2, Billie Jean King Emma Stone , accepted the challenge. Sport, politics and crooked money was part of the scene, but the public only saw and got excited about the symbolism of gender war. They were oblivious to Billy Jean King's struggle with her sexuality and the pressures of keeping it from her husband and the world. The match would make King a queen of her times.This is a wonderful story, told with the right mix of irony, humour and pathos. It captures the mood of the 70s with all the fashion trimmings, the mood for change, and the fears of men as they saw patriarchal power sinking under the tide of the feminist movement. The dramatic tension rises steadily as the narrative moves towards the final battle, with the softer story of King's love life interwoven but never intruding into the bigger picture. Steve Carrell's portrayal of Riggs captures the obnoxious claims of masculine superiority that were trumpeted in the 70s, but he is unconvincing as an athlete who can play against someone half his age. On the other hand, Emma Stone is simply brilliant. She embodies the deep inner doubts of someone who has risen beyond her own expectations while dealing with the inner turmoil of discovering her attraction towards women. The filming style uses the hand-held effect judiciously, and there are several macro close- ups of Stone and her hairdresser lover that are beautiful. While she plays King with nerdy understatement, she also shows steel resolve in taking on the male establishment in the interests of sportswomen everywhere.Billy Jean King's achievement in raising the status of women's professional sport deserves to be enshrined in the annals of feminism, as well as sport and cinema history. It was 43 years ago and many today will look at the story as a distant time-capsule of male chauvinist history. But of course, we know it's not over. The uncouth masculinity represented by Riggs still exists, even in high places, but is now called 'boys' locker room talk'. Battle of the Sexes is both an entertaining and an insightful portrait of an unfinished war.