7.0/10
7,341
72 user 221 critic

Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Trailer
2:23 | Trailer
The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
225 ( 91)
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Suburbicon (2017)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A home invasion rattles a quiet family town.

Director: George Clooney
Stars: Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

When Greg Sestero, an aspiring film actor, meets the weird and mysterious Tommy Wiseau in an acting class, they form a unique friendship and travel to Hollywood to make their dreams come true.

Director: James Franco
Stars: James Franco, Dave Franco, Ari Graynor
Molly's Game (2017)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

Director: Aaron Sorkin
Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady.

Director: Paul McGuigan
Stars: Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, Julie Walters
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.

Director: Sean Baker
Stars: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The journey that led to Charles Dickens' creation of "A Christmas Carol," a timeless tale that would redefine the holiday.

Director: Bharat Nalluri
Stars: Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer, Jonathan Pryce
Stronger I (2017)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Stronger is the inspiring real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Director: David Gordon Green
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Miranda Richardson
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Alicia Silverstone
Happy End (2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A drama about a family set in Calais with the European refugee crisis as the backdrop.

Director: Michael Haneke
Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Lauren Kline ...
Nancy Richey
...
Fidan Manashirova ...
Judy Tegart Dalton
...
Edit

Storyline

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's-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, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms ... Written by Fox Searchlight Pictures

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He made a bet. She made history.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content and partial nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La batalla de los sexos  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$515,450, 24 September 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,630,146, 14 December 2017
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris previously directed Steve Carell in Little Miss Sunshine (2006). See more »

Goofs

Several times characters say "bicep" instead of the correct (singular) "biceps". See more »

Quotes

Bobby Riggs: I'm the ladies number one. I'm the champ. Why would I lose?
Billie Jean King: Because dinosaurs can't play tennis.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The Fox Searchlight Pictures and TSG Entertainment logos are redone in period-appropriate styles. See more »


Soundtracks

All My Life
Words and Music by Stephen Willoughby
Performed by Ray Wills
Courtesy of Grab Records
By Arrangement with Westwood Music Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not the great tennis breakthrough movie it might have been.
27 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Whilst Emma Stone puts down her marker for a possible third Oscar nomination the film as a whole left me slightly cold.  But then, when did you last see a GREAT tennis movie.  That's right.  You didn't.

But this potentially offered more because it appeared multi layered and could have been more nuanced than it is.

It tackles two themes simultaneously.  First, Billie Jean King's lesbian relationship with her hairdresser Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) that eventually ended in controversy as she was publicly outed by her lover when they split in 1981.  Throughout King remained married to her first love Larry (played sympathetically but a little limply by Austin Stowell).  This is handled very tastefully and, for me, was the better part of the whole.

Second, and the source of the title, the movie explores sexism in the women's tennis game that led to her breaking away from the WTA and its sexist president, Jack Kramer (in an unconvincing performance by Bill Pullman), and taking on a challenge billed as THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES with 55 year old ex tennis champion and self proclaimed Male Chauvinist, Bobby Riggs (Steve Carrell).  

I disliked Carell's part greatly, not because he didn't perform it well but that it is written to make him out to be a complete idiot (which no doubt he was).  He becomes a character of himself quickly and I neither liked nor disliked him (I was annoyed by him though).  It all makes for a strange mix of comedy, politics, sexuality and revolt.

And the revolt was all too gentlemanly for me - despite the subject matter and the ire it must have stirred nobody really ever loses the plot and so the film lacks edge and dramatic tension.

What's more, it's 30 minutes too long and the overwrought soundtrack (Nicholas Britell - it really is a shocker) is over-pervasive and just plain annoying.

Emma Stone rarely puts a foot wrong in my view and at times you really do think BJK is on screen.  That part, and the general 70's styling of the movie, is excellent but it's ponderously directed and although the final shoot out between BJK and Riggs has an element of tension we all know the outcome and Britell's pomp and circumstance was gradually doing my nut in.

Just because you loved Little Miss Sunshine it does not follow that you will love this.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 72 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

What Is Katee Sackhoff Watching?

Katee Sackhoff shares her Watchlist and love for the CW drama "Reign" with "The IMDb Show." Plus, we take a look at the top 10 TV Shows of 2017.

Watch now