Genre: Biography, Comedy, Sport. Dirs: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Country: UK/USA.
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-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.
As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles.
Together they served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.