Battle of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes

DVD - 2017
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Follows the public and private events surrounding the rivalry between tennis stars Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, culminating in their 1973 match.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, ©2017.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda
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Ravenya03
Jul 09, 2018

This tennis match took place several years before I was born, so I went in relatively unspoiled (okay, I knew who won, but the whys and wherefores were a mystery). In the 1970s Billie Jean King and her female team-mates struggle to get the respect and equal pay of their male counterparts. They're told that men's tennis is simply more exciting to watch, even though each gender sells just as many tickets to their matches.
Bobby Riggs is a washed-up tennis champion in his fifties who can't control his gambling addition and whose marriage is crumbling. An attention whore of the highest order, he comes up with the great idea to play against the highest ranking female tennis player in order to "prove" that men are the superior gender.
The movie is a little slow at times, and I never felt that anything REALLY important was riding on the outcome of the match (beyond Billie Jean's self-respect). After all, women athletes are STILL fighting for equal pay.
But the whole thing is relatively fun and harmless. Even Bobby is more of a good-natured clown than any kind of real chauvinist threat - you can tell he doesn't really *believe* any of the sexist nonsense he spouts, and it's Billie Jean who points out that it's the men in charge of the league who are the real enemy.
The casting is strong and the tone is feel-good, though most of the poignancy is derived not from Billie Jean's feminist victory, but that (as a closeted lesbian) it's still a long way to go before she attains equal rights on THAT front.

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gurujr
Jun 28, 2018

Mostly everyone knows the battle of the sexes story of Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Good drama based on these more than meets the eye tennis players. What I really like was the real Billie Jean King telling her actual story in the behind the scenes section. Very eye opening and personal. Billie Jean King is a great American and even better person.

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donny_b
Jun 07, 2018

I remember the actual event and the buildup to it, and it was quite exciting.
This movie didn't give me that feeling. It felt like a made for TV movie......
Not horrible , just void of emotion. I don't know enough about making movies to
know exactly what the problem was. The story is great.
As one professional reviewer described it "the movie softens what was genuinely a battle".
I enjoyed the actors.
Steve Carell looked exactly like Bobby Riggs. Emma Stone her talented self.

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lakeland53
May 31, 2018

This film shows the predetermination of society in the 1970's of men being the 'better' sex, and the struggle for equal pay in sports for women and men. This was a big deal, this tennis match. Billie Jean King butted heads with established rules of society, and proved her point. She did this at a time that was needed. She was a great athlete, and paved a path of respect for women in sports.
I enjoyed seeing a small part of the inside of the private lives of Bobby Riggs and BJK. This film has led me to read more about the lives of these two competitors. I truly enjoyed this film. You have the story and the actors. There are no cell phones or text messages. I can't believe how good Emma Stone is. Steve Carell is equally wonderful, (he keeps surprising me as he gets older,) and the supporting cast is very good. Real true to the 1970's culture and times.

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greatflicks
May 29, 2018

I remember the match and all the hype that went along with it but this movie told much more of what really went on in their daily lives. We found it very interesting and now realize their lives were more complex then what was discussed in the news media at the time.

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andreajesse
May 20, 2018

I'm old enough to vaguely remember when this battle took place. Unbeknownst to me, a sexual revolution was taking place. I was too young to appreciate the significance of it all. It's an important story to tell and had an impact on society in a few ways. First and foremost, Billie Jean King dared to stand up to the sexist tennis community that allowed women champions to be paid way less than the men. She lead her fellow female tennis players in a revolt and won. Her much publicized match and victory over Bobby Riggs was icing on the feminist cake, but the road was not an easy one and included a lesbian affair that Billie had to keep secret from everyone out of fear of the stir that could cause in the unforgiving 1970s. Emma Stone does a respectable job as Billie. Steve Carell is the spitting of Bobby Riggs and not only in looks. He pulled off all of Bobby's antics brilliantly. The biggest pleasant surprise was Sarah Silverman who steals every scene she's in as the women tennis players' manager.

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matcat44
May 15, 2018

Found it rather dry.

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wildct2003
May 13, 2018

From the cover of the DVD I was expecting a lighter mood to the story. Still a good story, but more serious than fun.

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msevinrud
May 12, 2018

Didn't really bring anything new to the story. But glad story was retold, hopefully to a younger generation who had no idea what it took to get there.

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MB85CAL
Apr 23, 2018

Entertaining and well cast. Emma Stone and Steve Carrell are spot on in their performances. This film is most definitely a reminder of Billie Jean King's courage in paving the way for women tennis players as professional athletes deserving of equal compensation for their talent and hard work in the sport of tennis by founding the WTA (Women's Tennis Association). She was one of several women of her generation who were not afraid to stand up, speak up, and make a difference.

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