Women will cheer and applaud as they did at our screening earlier this week.
I’m talking about the sports dramedy BATTLE OF THE SEXES which relives the bombastic tennis match between young Billie Jean King and over the hill tennis pro Bobby Riggs.
It was a winner take all contest staged at the Houston Astrodome and televised live by ABC with commentary by none other than Howard Cosell.
The movie tells the backstory of what led up to the much hyped showdown including the near revolt of the incredibly underpaid players of the Women’s Tennis Association.
It was a world of over-the-top male chauvinism that played out heavily in the promotion of the big match.
And Riggs was the ultimate chauvinist pig pumping the media with lines like “Don’t get me wrong, I love women….in the bedroom and in the kitchen.”
She was married but succumbed to her hairdresser’s charms on the tour.
It’s all neatly packaged into a big screen bio-play which may just bring yet another Oscar nomination Emma Stone‘s way.
Was Steve Carell‘s performance as over-the-top as Riggs?
It’s as solid as Carell is in just about everything he tackles.
Add impressive supporting talents by Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue and Andrea Riseborough as Billie Jean’s hairdresser/lover and you are in for two hours of a very entertaining evening at the movies.
You won’t be disappointed when you take in this BATTLE OF THE SEXES with lines like “I’m not saying that women don’t belong on the court….who’d pick up the balls otherwise?”
My grade: B
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