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Battle of the Sexes Rated 12A

Battle of the Sexes

Dir. Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton. USA, 2017. 2h 1m. Starring Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Natalie Morales, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen.

Women’s tennis world number one Billie Jean King is challenged to a match by former men’s champion and chauvinist Bobby Riggs. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King also struggles to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambles his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. A highly entertaining telling of a true story from the director of Little Miss Sunshine.

’Achieves the quadruple grand slam feat of being emotionally engaging, politically intriguing, dramatically gripping and frequently very funny.’ ★★★★ Mark Kermode, The Guardian

’Watching male chauvinism get a drubbing will never not be good cinematic sport, and Battle of the Sexes gives us ringside seats.’ ★★★★ Tim Robey, The Telegraph