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BATTLE OF THE SEXES

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: September 29, 2017

Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carell

Plot: Based on the story of the famous tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King

Trailer


Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

I was really looking forward to seeing this movie for several reasons. First, the real-life match has lived on in infamy for 40-something years now. Second, Emma Stone and Steve Carell are two of my favorite actors. And finally, who doesn't like a good-natured man versus woman story?

 

Then I saw the movie. (Insert The Price Is Right loser sound here).

 

The trailers made this movie look like it was going to be all about the match and the lead up to the match, instead we get a long slow story about their relationships and the endless fighting BJK had to do for equal pay. (Don't get me wrong, those are interesting and valid story lines, it's just not what we were sold with the trailers).

 

If you ever saw any of the coverage of the press conferences Riggs and BJK had, you know that there is a lot of material there for an interesting story. The film does a really poor job at getting into the rivalry between Billie Jean King and Margaret Court. It touches on it, and it feels like it is a significant part of the film, but it never goes anywhere but a surface rivalry.

 

Stone and Carell are outstanding in their performances. Unfortunately, they were given a bad script with which to work. The rest of the cast is fine, but even the main secondary characters are hardly developed.

 

If you go see this movie, just know going in that it is a slow-moving, relationship-heavy story, rather than the fun, funny, and exciting film we see in the trailers.

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