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BATTLE OF THE SEXES (2017)  


In 1973 the world was full of male chauvinist pigs.  The male and female tennis circuits were ridiculously out of whack – so much so that Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and other female tennis stars went out on their own to make more money and do their own tour.  In the middle of this setting, an almost-forgotten retired tennis player named Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), a hustler and a gambler, latched onto the idea of a “battle of the sexes” between King, one of the top players of the day, and himself, with a big cash prize at stake.  It’s depressing so see how oppressed women were in the early 70s, and not cheery to see pay inequality to this day.  Stone is good as King who fought for women to be treated as equals on the tennis court. Carell is also good as Riggs, whose clownish activities are offset with his problems with his wife (Elisabeth Shue, who’s strong), who can’t stand his gambling and his hustling.  Battle of the Sexes is a well-constructed period piece that also makes good use of the original ABC broadcast of the match, complete with the real Howard Cosell integrated with some of the actors.  A wise choice, indeed, not to try to imitate the bigger-than-life Cosell.

             

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