At one point in Battle of the Sexes, a character pretty succinctly sums up the movie, and the 1973 tennis match that inspired it: “It’s another battle in the never-ending war of the sexes.”
That is, as dramatic as the event was, it was just one colorful point in a long fight for equal rights that’s still going on today. It didn’t start anything and it didn’t finish anything — but it did mean something to the people involved in it, and to the times surrounding them.
In 1972, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) is at the very top of her sport. Fans adore her, commentators admire her, and even the president of the United States takes the time to put in a call to the most successful female player of all time. Read more…