Tennis pro Billie Jean King’s 1973 match against former champ and self-styled male chauvinist Bobby Riggs was a circus that captured global attention, while also highlighting the disparity in pay and respect between male and female players – issues that are still being battled today.
This entertaining dramatisation from Little Miss Sunshine duo Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton is an ebullient romp through the early seventies, with the rampant sexism and dinosaur attitudes of the era played mostly for laughs. Emma Stone is simply ace as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell is also at the top of his game, portraying Riggs as the exaggerated buffoon that he is.
The final scores in the Battle of the Sexes are in the history books if you want spoilers, but the real victory is what Billie Jean achieved for gender equality and gay athletes.
Release Date: 17 January 2018
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough
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