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
Steve Carell and Emma Stone recreate the iconic showdown between tennis stars Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King back in the 70's, when the country was oh so different from today that it almost makes you nostalgic. Did we really dress that way? Talk that way? Think that way? Act that way? The tennis court grudge match between the show-boating Riggs and the determined King is, of course, the centerpiece of this story, but the film is much more than just a recreation of a memorable sporting event. It is a glimpse back to the way we were and why it was so necessary to change.
Remember the hoopla regarding the events but was not sure of all the details. I found the actors to be excellent and enjoyed learning more about the events that lead up to its famous tennis match. Also enjoyed the extras with some of the real characters sharing their experiences.
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.