Battle of the Sexes

Showed at Images 9/29/2017–10/12/2017

Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Alan Cumming, Andrea Riseborough, Bill Pullman, Chris Parnell, Elisabeth Shue

This is the third film from husband and wife directing team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, best known for their Oscar-winning film Little Miss Sunshine, and most recently Ruby Sparks.

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 one of the most watched televised sports events 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 opposite 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.

  • Director: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 2 hours 1 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Biography

“For those who prefer flesh-and-blood super heroes to the comic-book variety, Battle of the Sexes offers a real-life wonder woman saga with the power to educate and inspire. The outcome is widely known, but the backstory proves boisterously entertaining.”

– Variety