Bat­tle of the Sexes

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Sport has a long tra­di­tion at the movies. Box­ing has been pop­u­lar since the early days of black and white silent films, but base­ball, Amer­i­can foot­ball, and bas­ket­ball have also been com­mon on the big screen for decades. Ten­nis, how­ever, isn’t a sport that film­go­ers are used to see­ing out­side of back­yard matches in high so­ci­ety. This is part of what makes Bat­tle of the

Sexes such an in­ter­est­ing film, along­side the true story at its cen­tre. Emma Stone ( La La Land) and Steve Carell ( Fox­catcher) star as Bil­lie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, two top ath­letes of the game who bat­tled it out on prime-time tele­vi­sion in 1973. It was an event that was watched by 90 mil­lion peo­ple world­wide, at­tracted by King’s en­er­getic tal­ents up against Riggs’ brash, chau­vin­is­tic per­son­al­ity.

Di­rected by Jonathan Day­ton and Va­lerie Faris, this hus­band and wife team found suc­cess in 2006 with Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine and it makes per­fect sense for a male– fe­male di­rect­ing team to take the reins on this com­edy with a so­cial edge.

Stone, fresh off her re­cent Academy Award win, is well cast in a role that utilises her comic skills.

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