This sports docudrama recreates the legendary 1973 "Battle of the Sexes" tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). When the 55-year-old Riggs brags that he can beat any woman in the world on the tennis court, 29-year-old King, then the reigning champion, accepts his challenge. Their highly publicized match soon takes on a larger meaning as a milestone in the fight for gender equality. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Elisabeth Shue, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Alan Cumming, and Bill Pullman co-star.~Jack Rodgers
Well done film. Very well acted - Steve Carell is especially good as Bobby Riggs. The film is engaging, funny, and moving in all the right spots. The "tolerance for all" message is laid on a bit thick. It's appropriate, just a little heavy handed at the end -- and the film offers no sympathy for BJK's supportive, loyal and cheated-on husband. But it's still a very good and effective movie, and a very accurate look back at the era.
Yes, it's pretty much accurate, but even though we already know the outcome, the film takes through all the drama, tension, and even suspense not only of the match itself, but all the events and near-misses leading up to it. Fine performances from all the characters, not just the two leads, with an amazing re-creation of the 70's times, especially with gender and power issues in the world of tennis.
This movie covers the adult life of Billie Jean King. It shows what happened behind the scenes leading up to the tennis match she won against Bobbie Riggs who was the top male tennis player at that time. It seems realistic based on the fact that Billie Jean King consulted on the film. Emma Stone and Steve Carrell did a great job looking and acting like the main characters did in real life.