BATTLE OF THE SEXES
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Fari ( Little Miss
Sunshine) score with the epic 1973 tennis spectacle between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) that riveted a national TV audience and gave a boost to the aspiration of gender equality in sports. Riggs was a fifty-five-year- old former champion and inveterate hustler, a self-proclaimed male chauvinist pig; Billie Jean was twentynine, a great athlete at the top of her game. There’s not much suspense but plenty of fun, spectacle, and emotional resonance as Simon Beaufoy’s script splits its focus between The Match and Billie Jean’s lesbian awakening. Excellent supporting work comes from Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, and Alan Cumming. And the tennis, mid-‘70s style with wooden rackets and a lot of net play, is on the mark. Rated PG-13. 121 minutes. Violet Crown.