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On the Basis of Sex

On the Basis of Sex
On the Basis of Sex
On the Basis of Sex
  • PG-13
  • 2h 1m
  • 2019
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Inspired by the powerful true story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Academy Award® nominee Felicity Jones), On the Basis of Sex depicts a then-struggling attorney and new mother facing adversity in her fight for equal rights. When Ruth takes on a ground-breaking case, she knows the outcome could alter the courts' view of gender discrimination. Stronger together, Ruth teams up with her husband, Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), to fight the case that catapults her into one of the most important public figures of our time.
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Common Sense Says
Well-acted if uneven biopic about RBG's early life, career.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that On the Basis of Sex is a biographical drama about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life from her time as one of a handful of women attending Harvard Law School in the late 1950s to her first groundbreaking gender-discrimination case in the early '70s. The movie is appropriate for teens and mature tweens. It includes a few scenes of non-graphic marital affection and intimacy, including kissing, embracing, and a glimpse of Ruth in her bra and slip. Language is infrequent but includes a few uses of words like "s--t" and "damn," plus one use of "f--k." Audiences will learn a lot about RBG's personal life and early career, and take away messages about perseverance, integrity, and the importance of equal opportunities for all. Felicity Jones stars as Ruth, and Armie Hammer co-stars as her supportive, loving attorney husband, Marty Ginsburg.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:January 11, 2019
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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