Bat­tle of the Sexes

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Be­tween the di­rec­tors of Lit­tle Miss Sun­shine, a true life un­der­dog story (fem­i­nist Bil­lie Jean King and misog­y­nist Bobby Riggs play a ten­nis match to high­light gen­der in­equal­ity), and the charisma ma­chines of Emma Stone and Steve Carell, Bat­tle of the Sexes cer­tainly has the in­gre­di­ents for a critic and crowd­pleas­ing romp.

Sur­pris­ingly, it’s the chem­istry be­tween Stone and her on-screen lover An­drea Rise­bor­ough which of­fers the film a ten­der­ness that’s lack­ing in the jazzy rib­aldry of the main plot.

While the re­sult may be less than the sum of its parts, it’s still a solid dram­edy for any­one crav­ing a hit of the warm-and-fuzzies.

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