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On the Basis of Sex (2018)

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The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and what she had to overcome in order to become a female U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Felicity Jones ... Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Armie Hammer ... Martin Ginsburg
Justin Theroux ... Mel Wulf
Sam Waterston ... Erwin Griswold
Kathy Bates ... Dorothy Kenyon
Cailee Spaeny ... Jane Ginsburg
Jack Reynor ... Jim Bozarth
Stephen Root ... Professor Brown
Chris Mulkey ... Charles Moritz
Gary Werntz Gary Werntz ... Judge Doyle
Francis X. McCarthy ... Judge Daugherty (as Francis Xavier McCarthy)
Ben Carlson Ben Carlson ... Judge Holloway
Ronald Guttman ... Gerald Gunther
Wendy Crewson ... Harriet Griswold
John Ralston ... Tom Miller
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The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and what she had to overcome in order to become a female U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On the Basis of Sex See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$686,355, 30 December 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,911,747, 17 January 2019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,579,706, 17 January 2019
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1.85 : 1
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Natalie Portman was attached to star as Ruth Bader Ginsburg for at least 4 years as the project was stuck in development. She eventually dropped out and was replaced by Felicity Jones. See more »

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"On the Basis of Sex" vs. "RBG": and the winner is...
9 January 2019 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"On the Basis of Sex" is a bio-pic about the early years in Ruth Bader Ginsburg's career. As the movie opens, she is a first year student at Harvard Law. When her husband Martin, himself a second year student there, becomes gravely ill, she attends both her own and Martin's classes, and of course caring for him. A couple of years later, Martin is hired by a prominent New York law firm, and Ruth transfers to Columbia Law to finish her law degree. She graduates top of the class, yet not a single law firm in New York offers her a job... At this point we are less than 15 min. into the movie but to tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from director Mimi Leder, best known for 2000's "Pay It Forward". Here she brings to the big screen the early years in Ruth Bader Ginsburg's career. Let be very clear: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an amazingly sharp lawyer who endured sex discrimination at every opportunity, to the point that she decided to do something about. AND THEN DID IT. Flash forward: June, 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of her stint on the US Supreme Court. In other words, this is such a remarkable woman. Sadly, "On the Basis of Sex" doesn't do justice to this outstanding woman and lawyer. In fact, "On the Basis of Sex' is done strictly by-the-numbers, without any dramatic tension and with an utter predictability that makes this almost into a snooze fest. (Some reviewers here apparently do not/cannot differentiate between this remarkable woman and what a good movie actually is or should be...) As it happens, in 2018 a documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg called "RBG" was released. "RBG" puts "On the Basis of Sex" to shame, frankly, and I am 99% certain that "RBG" will pick up an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary in the near future (and I am equally certain that "On the Basis of Sex" will not get any Oscar nominations). Playing the role of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Felicity Jones, bless her heart, tries the best she can with the material that she is given, but in the end she cannot overcome the movie's fatal flaw, namely a weak script. To be clear: Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a shining light and role model for so many, and very deservedly so. But that doesn't make "On the Basis of Sex" a good movie... Bottom line: if you haven't seen either of "RBG" and "On the Basis of Sex", by all means chose "RBG". If you've seen "RBG" already, don't bother with "On the Basis of Sex".

"On the Basis of Sex" has seen a very limited release so far, but will expand nationally this coming weekend. It currently has been playing in one single theater here in Cincinnati. The Tuesday evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay but not great (about 10-12 people). I had good hopes for this movie, but when I compare this to "RBG", there is no doubt which one is (by far) the better movie. Of course I encourage you to check out "On the Basis of Sex", be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, and draw your own conclusion. And don't forget about "RBG"!


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