Battle of the Sexes

Battle of the Sexes
Battle of the Sexes
  • PG-13
  • 2h 2m
  • 2017
Certified Fresh85%
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Emma Stone and Steve Carell bring their A game to this crowd-pleaser based on the electrifying true story of the 1973 tennis match between women’s champion Billie Jean King (Stone) and former men’s champ Bobby Riggs (Carell). Filled with heart, humor and biting wit, Battle of the Sexes is a triumphant celebration of the historic contest that changed the game!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh85%
Critics Consensus: Battle of the Sexes turns real-life events into a crowd-pleasing, well-acted dramedy that ably entertains while smartly serving up a volley of present-day parallels.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Moving dramedy serves up sexism, sexuality; lots of smoking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Battle of the Sexes is a dramedy about the (in)famous real-life 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). It tackles big issues like gender equality, sexism, and sexuality and has strong themes of perseverance, being true to yourself, and standing up for what you believe in. A major part of the plot centers on King, who was married to a man at the time, acknowledging to herself that she's attracted to women. She and her lover are shown kissing, embracing, and in bed together; sex is implied, but nudity is limited to a shot of an underwear-clad woman from behind. Language isn't constant but includes "s--t," "hell," "goddamn," and more. Men also refer patronizingly to women as "honey," "gals," "ladies," and "girls." Adults drink wine and cocktails, and there's a lot of smoking -- Virginia Slims sponsors the women's tour, and one character (who's always holding a cigarette) frequently urges the players to smoke more. Riggs takes a ton of vitamins and mysterious other pills in the lead-up to the match; he's also an unrepentant gambling addict. If you're a tennis fan, the high-stakes match footage will be right up your alley -- and even if you're not, you might find yourself holding your breath and cheering.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:September 22, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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