This was a so-so film. Really a film about a publicity stunt,( solely for the purpose to make some money ) trying to wedge in a grand feminist statement is a bit of a stretch. The real question should be if Bobby Riggs in his prime could defeat Billie Jean king in her prime?
This is the most recent film (1973 & 2013: documentaries and the 2001 tv movie: When Billie Beat Bobby), looking at this widely anticipated exhibition tennis match between former number 1 (1941, 1946 & 1947) male player Bobby Riggs (age 55), against the former number 1 women's (1966-68; 1971-72, & 1974) female player, Billie Jean King (age 29), held on September 20, 1973.
Fine performances of Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carell (2017's, Last Flag Flying and, Despicable Me 3), and Billie Jean King, by Emma Stone (La La Land: 2016), and the World Tennis Magazine's founder and publisher, Gladys Heldman, by Sarah Silverman (The Book of Henry: 2017; Bob's Burgers: tv: 2011-2018).
This covers the period, just prior to the match and the birth of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), which was founded by Billie Jean King in 1973 along with the other original 9 tennis players, Julie Heldman, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Dalton, Kristy Pigeon, Peaches Bartkowicz, Kerry Melville Reid, Nancy Richey, and Rosie Casals.
The WTA was formed to help give support to women's tennis players tournaments and equal prize money that was not being offered by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). This was at great cost by the women's tennis players since they would be locked out of the ATP and the right to compete at the four prestigious Grand Slam (Australian, French, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open) tennis tournaments.
The bonus feature of the DVD provides the viewer, 18 minutes of interviews with cast and the director, along with another 10 minutes of an interview and reflection by Billie Jean King herself. BJK is credited as a special consultant.
It's a shame this movie is overshadowed by "I Tonya". This movie was well-acted, and shows the personal motives and struggles behind the greatest tennis match. It not only shows how female tennis players were fighting for equal pay and respect, but also their own personal relationships, some friendly, some rivalry. If you liked how "I Tonya" showed how personal sports and competitions can be, you will enjoy this film.
This comedic-drama tells the story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs before it became one of the most infamous sport events on television of all time. Played by Emma Stone and Steve Carell, each character faces their own inner demons as King fought for equal paying while fighting against herself and her sexuality, and Riggs had to deal with overcoming his past and letting go of his past stardom. The movie is both quirky and serious and highlights the better performances of the two actors and their versatility. I would rate this interesting movie 4.5/5 stars @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
This tennis match took place several years before I was born, so I went in relatively unspoiled (okay, I knew who won, but the whys and wherefores were a mystery). In the 1970s Billie Jean King and her female team-mates struggle to get the respect and equal pay of their male counterparts. They're told that men's tennis is simply more exciting to watch, even though each gender sells just as many tickets to their matches.
Bobby Riggs is a washed-up tennis champion in his fifties who can't control his gambling addition and whose marriage is crumbling. An attention whore of the highest order, he comes up with the great idea to play against the highest ranking female tennis player in order to "prove" that men are the superior gender.
The movie is a little slow at times, and I never felt that anything REALLY important was riding on the outcome of the match (beyond Billie Jean's self-respect). After all, women athletes are STILL fighting for equal pay.
But the whole thing is relatively fun and harmless. Even Bobby is more of a good-natured clown than any kind of real chauvinist threat - you can tell he doesn't really *believe* any of the sexist nonsense he spouts, and it's Billie Jean who points out that it's the men in charge of the league who are the real enemy.
The casting is strong and the tone is feel-good, though most of the poignancy is derived not from Billie Jean's feminist victory, but that (as a closeted lesbian) it's still a long way to go before she attains equal rights on THAT front.
Mostly everyone knows the battle of the sexes story of Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Good drama based on these more than meets the eye tennis players. What I really like was the real Billie Jean King telling her actual story in the behind the scenes section. Very eye opening and personal. Billie Jean King is a great American and even better person.
I remember the actual event and the buildup to it, and it was quite exciting.
This movie didn't give me that feeling. It felt like a made for TV movie......
Not horrible , just void of emotion. I don't know enough about making movies to
know exactly what the problem was. The story is great.
As one professional reviewer described it "the movie softens what was genuinely a battle".
I enjoyed the actors.
Steve Carell looked exactly like Bobby Riggs. Emma Stone her talented self.
This film shows the predetermination of society in the 1970's of men being the 'better' sex, and the struggle for equal pay in sports for women and men. This was a big deal, this tennis match. Billie Jean King butted heads with established rules of society, and proved her point. She did this at a time that was needed. She was a great athlete, and paved a path of respect for women in sports.
I enjoyed seeing a small part of the inside of the private lives of Bobby Riggs and BJK. This film has led me to read more about the lives of these two competitors. I truly enjoyed this film. You have the story and the actors. There are no cell phones or text messages. I can't believe how good Emma Stone is. Steve Carell is equally wonderful, (he keeps surprising me as he gets older,) and the supporting cast is very good. Real true to the 1970's culture and times.
I remember the match and all the hype that went along with it but this movie told much more of what really went on in their daily lives. We found it very interesting and now realize their lives were more complex then what was discussed in the news media at the time.
I'm old enough to vaguely remember when this battle took place. Unbeknownst to me, a sexual revolution was taking place. I was too young to appreciate the significance of it all. It's an important story to tell and had an impact on society in a few ways. First and foremost, Billie Jean King dared to stand up to the sexist tennis community that allowed women champions to be paid way less than the men. She lead her fellow female tennis players in a revolt and won. Her much publicized match and victory over Bobby Riggs was icing on the feminist cake, but the road was not an easy one and included a lesbian affair that Billie had to keep secret from everyone out of fear of the stir that could cause in the unforgiving 1970s. Emma Stone does a respectable job as Billie. Steve Carell is the spitting of Bobby Riggs and not only in looks. He pulled off all of Bobby's antics brilliantly. The biggest pleasant surprise was Sarah Silverman who steals every scene she's in as the women tennis players' manager.
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