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Battle of the Sexes Informs, Uplifts, and Entertains

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Submitted by Joel on Sun, 11/12/2017 - 09:38
Rating
7

Battle of the Sexes shows a page out of the long history book of women fighting for their rights. It masterfully tells the story of an epic tennis match between a man and a woman, both trying to put the other in their place. The characters are likable, the story is gripping, and even though we know how it ends, there's still a lot of tension. If you like movies about interesting individuals in history, you'll enjoy this movie.

In 1973, Bobby Riggs challenges Billy Jean King to a tennis match. Men, of course, thought any decent male tennis player could beat any female player, regardless of her ranking. This movie delves into the characters and the lead up to perhaps the most famous tennis match in history. Steve Carell and Emma Stone do amazing jobs depicting these well-documented players. The behind-the-scenes details flesh them out beyond what the world saw in all of the advertising before the event. 

I really enjoyed this movie. The characters were realistic with both strengths and flaws. It does a good job of revealing the struggles of minorities in society, whether they be female, gay, or otherwise. There are no real villains in this story, which I like. So often, one character must be made into this force of evil which just is rarely realistic. These people are all sympathetic and understandable, even if we don't always agree with their decisions. We need more movies like this.