Comedy


Battle of the Sexes


MPAA Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Comedy
Runtime:
121 mins
Stars:
Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough
Director:
Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Producer:
Danny Boyle, Christian Colson, Robert Graf

Content at a Glance

3
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
1
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
0

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


several kissing scenes between women; scenes of women lying in bed together; jump-cut editing creates suggestive, sexually-charged scenes between two women.

Language


No Information

Violence


No Information

Drugs


No Information

Nudity


short tennis skirts; women in bras

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

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


Movie Message

“Battle of the Sexes” tells the story of how Billie Jean King, played convincingly by Emma Stone, contributed to the women’s liberation movement and grappled with her own sexuality amidst worldwide notoriety. She is portrayed as a level-headed tennis player—a fighter who was not afraid to stand up for what she believed to be right and true. Indeed, unlike today, in much of the Western world at that time, there was still not close attention paid to the 1963 Equal Pay Act, especially in an industry that was new to women and unorganized for that gender. Likewise, in 1973 there still existed a prevalence of misogyny in the workplace. Thanks to people like King, most women enjoy the privileges that come with laws protecting equal rights.


Steve Carell offers ongoing comic relief as Bobby Riggs, and it was fun to see how closely details matched the actual events and characters themselves. Carell wore fake teeth that made him the spitting image of Riggs, and the glasses and haircuts both characters donned enhanced the authenticity. Likewise, though Carell might have come off as a bit clownish at times, both he and Stone clearly had an intimate grasp on the persons they were portraying. King was especially a likeable and relatable character.


I appreciated, too, the lack of politics in the film, as the story was simply a faithful retelling of what occurred. The actual footage incorporated in the end was a nice way to legitimize the rest of the movie. Likewise, the final “Battle of the Sexes” in the form of the famous tennis match between the two was tense and exhilarating. It made me wonder why I stopped watching tennis all those years ago.


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