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There are more artistically inspired versions of the "Battle of the Sexes" story, but in art, like in tennis, the moment dictates the shot; this moment called for a crisp forehand smash, and "Battle of the Sexes" delivered.
By attempting to use the sports world as a lens through which to view the social-sexual currents of its time, the filmmakers turn "Battle of the Sexes" into a barely muted rallying cry for equality in our own time.
Under an entertaining story of two high-profile people who came to represent social upheaval on a tennis court, the Battle of the Sexes is also a timely reminder of the backsliding currently going on in America.
In its focus on King, it's ... a compelling internal story, demonstrating that athletic achievement is not only a matter of physical gifts. At the highest levels, where the pressure is greatest, it really comes down to character.
Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton move beyond the ready-made charisma of the serve-and-volley shenanigans to offer a contextualized portrait of the closet-lesbian King and her fight against sexism and the social mores of the time.
It's game, set and match for Battle of the Sexes, a massively entertaining account of the momentous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs that also deftly deals with the numerous social issues inherent in the carnival-like contest.
Frankly, it's surprising just how many facets of this story there are to explore, and "Battle of the Sexes" does so in such a way that should appeal to both audiences old enough to remember and those curious to know more.