30 for 30: Season 1, Episode 21

Unmatched (14 Sep. 2010)

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The first time Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova stepped onto a tennis court together, the world scarcely noticed. Only a few hundred spectators saw the pert 18-year-old beat the scrappy ... See full summary »


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The first time Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova stepped onto a tennis court together, the world scarcely noticed. Only a few hundred spectators saw the pert 18-year-old beat the scrappy 16-year-old Czech in 1973. "I remember that she was fat," Evert recalled. "She was very emotional on the court, whining if she didn't feel she was playing well. But I remember thinking, if she loses weight, we're all in trouble." Said Navratilova, "My goal was for her to remember my name." Eighty matches later -- amid the extraordinary growth of women's tennis -- Evert not only remembered, but became a tried and true friend and confidante, remarkable considering the two appeared to be polar opposites in upbringing, life styles and personal relationships. Through a series of personal conversations, filmmakers Nancy Stern Winters and Lisa Lax, along with producer Hannah Storm, tell the story of one of the greatest one-on-one sports rivalries and capture these two extraordinary athletes' views on ... Written by ESPN Films

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A very, very odd style for a "30 for 30" documentary.
23 December 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The overall score for this is 6.4 and the two other reviews posted so far are pretty mediocre. I would attribute this less to the subject matter and more to the unusual style of the film. It's really nothing like the other "30 for 30" films I've seen and it looks almost like Martina Navratilova and Chris Everett made the film themselves!

The film consists of the two tennis champions talking to each other- --and that is it. The usual footage used in such a film is kept to a minimum, there are no other interviews nor is there any narration- -just the two tennis players chatting as they do lots of odd things (chatting on the couch, driving, jogging and more). I didn't love the style but I did appreciate several things. First, the film DID talk about how they felt about each other--particularly how Everett felt about Navratilova. Second, I was surprised how friendly they'd been earlier in their careers and why this changed. All in all, well worth seeing but not exactly a film that I loved.

By the way, this is NOT meant as criticism at all, but this film was made by female filmmakers and its style seems much more collaborative than the usual male-oriented/male-made "30 for 30" films. It does make for a nice change of pace.

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