Tennis. I love watching it, but I can’t play it to save my life. But there sure are folks who can…and the real push for tennis came with the “Battle of the Sexes”, a match between tennis professionals Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. So, of course, there’s a film about the event. And I can’t wait. Synopsis!
In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
Gotta admit it’s downright spooky how Stone and Carell look so similar to their real-life counterparts in this film! Ready? Let’s go…
What: ADMIT TWO passes for the Baltimore screening of Battle of the Sexes!
When: Monday, September 25th
Where: Charles Theater
Why: LOVE! #tennishumor
How: Clicky! http://www.foxsearchlightscreenings.com/TmRya71535
REMEMBER: seating for screenings are first come, first served and not guaranteed. So get there early to get yourself a seat.
Good luck everyone!