Battle of the Sexes

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  121 min.
In theatres:
September 22, 2017 - Toronto
September 29, 2017 - Expands
October 6, 2017 - Wide

Current rating: Rating: 2.94
based on 34 votes and 13 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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  • 4 stars "well done film popcorn fun except the lez gay thing, but beside that excellent movie"
  • 3 stars "3.5 out of 5 I enjoyed this movie. I thought there was a great deal of depth and character to it. Emma Stone, Steve Carell and Bill Pulman were excellent--as was Elizabeth Shue. These times did exist and still do, in some racist, sexist circles. A little slow at the beginning, but hang in there. Really good writing!"
  • 1 star "Distorted history. We really are in Orwellian times. Anyone who lived through those times will not want to bother. I thought I was watching a parallel universe unfolding. If not for the wardrobe, and the vehicles, I would have thought this was another planet."