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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NTSC, rda
video file, region 1, rda, DVD video

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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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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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vickmeister
Apr 23, 2018

An entertaining, well-acted account of the events that led up to the infamous tennis match that pitted the talented Billie Jean King against the self-described "Male Chauvinist Pig" tennis champ Bobby Riggs. I was just hitting puberty during this point in time and remember it as a famous media moment in the "women's lib" struggles of the early 1970s. I felt this was an attempt to show the human side of both players and demonstrate their individual strengths and weaknesses, not demonizing or lionizing anyone but showing them as human. Well-done piece that captures the spirit of a moment in time.

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Byond
Apr 16, 2018

What is below the surface of this charming return to yesteryear? We might consider Hillary v. Trump a rematch. In that case we will need a slamming desperado to defeat the next male tricky dick who tries to steal the prize. Four stars because it seems they tried to keep it human.

A good but not great film. I remember the event back when it happened and the players involved. I think they captured that all quite well - just not in a terribly compelling way. Stone is fine but dry as BJK and Carrell is good as BR but the battle itself is a bit flat. The story spent too much time on BJK's love life (compared to very little of BR's) and seemed to be trying to tell a very different story that a tennis match. That's fine if we have a sense of that going in but this was marketed as being about the match and the circumstances around it. Worth a look but if you pass on it, you're not missing much.

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