Battle of the Sexes

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  121 min.
Release Date:
September 22, 2017 - Toronto
September 29, 2017 - Expands
October 6, 2017 - Wide
DVD: January 2, 2018
Blu-ray: January 2, 2018
Digital: December 19, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.00
based on 46 votes and 16 reviews
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Cast: Emma Stone, Sarah Silverman, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue, Andrea Riseborough, Alan Cumming


When Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) becomes the number-one women's tennis player in the world, she questions why male tennis players are making more than 10 times what she earns. She doesn't get a reasonable answer, so along with other top female tennis players, she and her manager (Sarah Silverman) refuse to participate in any of the tournaments that have been organized that don't offer equal pay, and form their own tour.

Meanwhile, former tennis champ Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) is living a great post-tennis life with his wealthy wife (Elisabeth Shue), but he misses the thrills of the sport. Calling himself a male chauvinist, he challenges Billie Jean to a match that has a $35,000 purse attached to it. Billie Jean turns it down, believing it to be nothing more than a ridiculous stunt. However, Riggs doesn't give up, going to great lengths to get Billie Jean to play him in a "Battle of the Sexes." 

Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Danny Boyle
Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy
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  • 1 star "Predictable and pretentious. Sarah Silverman is especially bad."
  • 4 stars "Aside for too much time spent on the relationship between Billie Jean and her lesbian lover, an overall well done movie which I enjoyed. The tennis seemed on the slow side compared to the present day level of top women players but still good enough. NIce that there was no bad language , at least that I could recall. Emma Stone and Steve Carell were good in their roles. Enough funny moments. I watched the original match back in 1973 and was pulling for Bobby Riggs. In retrospect ,pleased that Billie Jean won , especially after what she and the other women players went through."
  • 4 stars "Very well done-the main theme was about Billie Jean fighting for equality (equal pay for women in the tennis world)-no idea why it got classified as a comedy as it definitely wasn’t-it was based quite factually on a true story and portrayed it very well I thought"