As if you needed another reason to see "Battle of the Sexes".
The plot of the movie loosely revolves around the true story of 1973 tennis match played between Billie Jean King-Bobby Riggs.
Stephanie Zacharek (Time): "The performances in 'Battle of the Sexes, ' agile and perceptive, keep the game alive every minute". It stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell. They're the folks who made the Oscar-nominated "Little Miss Sunshine" a few years back. Their new movie is nonfiction, and imagine the position they were in. "Or they're asked about their boyfriends", Taylor said.
JONATHAN DAYTON: Ho ho ho (ph).
"She says she hasn't watched the match in 25 years. Here she is the most famous woman athlete in the country and she has this secret life".
It's a feel-good film with a somewhat curdled legacy: You could clip just about any piece of sexist dialogue here, label it 2017 and pass it off as plausible.
Battle of the Sexes is an inspirational film.
GREENE: It's a lovely acronym. But Riggs recognizes an opportunity to hustle his way back into the limelight, so challenges Billie Jean King to a match.
Emma Stone probably won't be framing the photo of her posing with Hillary Clinton. Her burgeoning love affair with her hair dresser (played by Andrea Riseborough) is so sweet and natural, that it manages to be touching, sexy, and life-affirming at the same time. She also captures King's marvelous antelope saunter, the casual grace this superb athlete radiated when she wasn't running for the ball.
You can read a biography of Billie Jean King here. It does - doesn't matter. "You can imagine how much I personally looked up to Billie Jean and those (early stars)".
"Emma, thanks for making me look so good", King quipped about Stone when introducing the film.
Billie Jean and her brother went to high school at Long Beach Poly. She is a fully realized person. "And how white everything was except for Rosie." she says.
Another famous tennis showdown was 40-year old Jimmy Connors vs. 35-year old Martina Navratilova on September 25, 1992 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. It's easy to say, "You've come a long way, baby". She's always looking forward. She's so supportive, but I think it's also really emotional because it's so much of her.
STEVE CARELL: (As Bobby Riggs) You and me, Billie Jean - three sets, five sets - your choice. Women's tennis, he said, "is so far beneath men's tennis". They want to be doing everything, and it's got to stop.
Bobby Riggs exudes nearly everything vile about a misogynistic gambler you could think of. This is the lobber versus the lever. She recounted watching with her parents in Baltimore, "being so nervous, because to me it meant everything to think that women would get this positive publicity".
FARIS: But other than that, he's a great guy.
"I saw Larry as a really complex character in an incredibly complex time".
Both types of sexism persist today, and the film makes clear that both are equally harmful.
"So it's just sort of business as usual, I guess". He felt like the world has passed him by. Whether you know the outcome of the event or not, Bobby's continued belief in his own majesty never truly puts you on his side...maybe because the audience has seen this all before in recent weeks.
Billie Jean calls this into question, citing the fact that the women's matches had equal ticket sales. According to the "La La Land" actress, acting and improvisation helped her a lot in managing her anxiety. Beaufoy also offers a clear picture of the complex world of professional tennis so that everyone can easily the follow the action on and off the court. "He got snagged in this one incident [where] he just could not abide the way that Billy Jean was conducting herself in the sport", Mr. Pullman said. "It can make you feel like, 'If I can throw this thing across the room, what else can I do?' You feel like the Hulk, a little bit".
DAYTON: This was one battle in a series of battles that continue.
King doesn't take Riggs's proposed "battle of the sexes" match seriously, despite the potential payout, knowing it really doesn't have anything to do with the sport but with ego and spectacle.