Battle of the Sexes

Comedy • PG-13 • Directed by: Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton • 122 minutes

The electrifying 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became the most watched televised sports event of all time. The match caught the zeitgeist and sparked a global conversation on gender equality, spurring on the feminist movement. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With a supportive husband urging her to fight the Establishment for equal pay, the fiercely private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis courts and animated the discussions between men and women in bedrooms and boardrooms around the world.

Viewer reviews

Expected more
★★★★
Even fantastic actors struggled to unfold the directors vision, making this film awkward and boring. — vlcmstn

I felt misled
★★★★
I felt misled — Darebear197

Boring
★★★★
Extremely drawn out and boring. The movie had very slow scenes that were very uncomfortable and awkward. I thought this would be a comedy, but didn’t laugh once. — TobyMac101

Garbage filmmaking
★★★★
You get up and turn it off way before it ends — Altavelocidad

Solid Movie
★★★★
Great acting and an important event in equal rights history. Nothing wrong with this movie. No explosions or 900 people dying. — 1Gossard

Fantastic!
★★★★★
A portrait of how far we’ve come. A reminder that we need to bring some BJK to the wage gap that still exists. This film left me feeling refreshed and inspired. — Pdxdaddy

Not a comedy.
★★★★★
Sure, it had it's funny moments, but certainly not a comedy. It is a good bio-pic of a story most people know, but the "background" story was what made it so interesting. Emma Stone is great in whatever she is in! Not sure I would have liked it as much if it were any other actress... — LACI-ASHTYN

Camila Cabello
★★★★★
Anyone reading this please check out “Camila” the Album. She is extremely talented who work her butt off for this album. She is the one who sings “Havana”. The Album is up for preorder now, album is set to be release January 12,2018. — Cash28383773

Terrible.
★★★★
Nothing like the trailer. Stay away. Boring and unfunny. — Facts Please!

I remember
★★★★★
You know...This goes to show you how far we have come since the 70's. I remember Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Bobby really was a male chauvinist...and women were all cheering for Billie Jean King to win. The acting was good. Story was fairly real. I think the whole LGBTQ plug at the end of the movie was unnecessary...we are just surrounded with that in our lives already to the point where other opinions just can't be heard anymore...You may have been born that way...but you definitely were not created that way. — Just remember God

Worst movie I’ve ever seen
★★★★
The movie was nothing like the trailer and wish there was a way to get my money back — film reviews9999999999

Too loose with history
★★★★
Even the people portrayed in this film (like Billie Jean King's ex) says this work is highly unfactual. And it doesn't show how this supposedly career saving relationship ended in suicide attempts and lawsuits. Revisionist history at its worst--made all the sadder since most viewers will assume its politically correct narrative is true. — KhamAi

TRAILER NOTHING LIKE MOVIE
★★★★
Was not a comedy the way the trailer portrays. Very slow and unengaging. — PaTeqie

Surprisingly good drama
★★★★
Was expecting a comedy but it ended up a surprisingly good drama. — Movie Critical

AS GOOFY AS I SAW IT PLAY FOR REAL YEARS AGO
★★★★
waste of time — Seanthorton

Mislabled as a Comedy
★★★★★
Not a comedy, dark comedy, indie comedy or comedy of any kind. It is a movie for someone interested in that period or that event. I like Steve and the cast, but don't expect to laugh at any point during this movie. It was a bit sad.A bit depressing from the point of view of the characters. I think if someone told me this was "based on a true story" i would have said, fine and had no regrets watching it. But to call it a "comedy" is a travesty and a sham. — sxswcb

Fun, fun, fun till chauvinist takes the T-Bird away!
★★★★★
Surprise it's great story. Emma Stone never ceases to astound us, she's an actress for the times. Enjoy the entire landscape of the early 70's of which I at 76 enjoyed every moment of. What a time in history but let's don't go back, many people suffered through those growth pains as a nation. — Imagination

Doesn’t matter
★★★★★
Emma and Steve will save this movie. Doesn’t matter what they show me. These actors are above everything — juemi2