It was personal and it was political, which 'Battle of the Sexes' gets. It was also entertainment, which is where the movie really excels.
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Battle of the Sexes

The electrifying 1973 tennis match between world number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as "the battle of the sexes" and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposite sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.

Played at

Music Hall, 11.03.17 - 11.09.17
Town Center 5, 10.27.17 - 11.02.17
Playhouse 7, 9.29.17 - 11.02.17
Claremont 5, 9.29.17 - 10.12.17
NoHo 7, 9.29.17 - 10.19.17
Rated PG-13
Runtime: 121 min
Language: English

Director: Valerie Faris Jonathan Dayton
Cast: Alan Cumming, Andrea Riseborough, Austin Stowell, Bill Pullman, Bridey Elliott, Elisabeth Shue, Emma Stone, Eric Christian Olsen, Fred Armisen, Jessica Mcnamee, Martha MacIsaac, Mickey Sumner, Natalie Morales, Sarah Silverman, Steve Carell
FEATURED REVIEW: Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine
Any woman who has negotiated a salary or raise in the past five years (or the past 50) might feel a shiver of recognition watching Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' buoyant period piece 'Battle of the Sexes.' In 1973, aging tennis legend Bobby Riggs, hoping to recapture the spotligh...