Battle of the Sexes
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris's Battle of the Sexes tells the story of the 1973 tennis match between champ Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and self-proclaimed chauvinist Robby Riggs (Steve Carell). It's a story I knew nothing about, and it's a fascinating movie, even if it's a tad soft and surface-y. On the other hand, it doesn't take itself too seriously, and it seems to have respect for both the story's hero and its villain. Aside from the match, King is also busy forming her own women's tennis league -- the male-run league insists on paying them significantly less -- and unexpectedly falling in love with her hairdresser Marilyn (Andrea Riseborough), even though she's (more or less) happily married. (Their first scene together is a thing of beauty.)...