The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs was a turning point in the politics of their game. The film reminds us just how much blatant sexism pervaded the so-called sexual revolution. But it also shows the great strides made by trailblazers like King.
King (Stone) is a champion athlete and an outspoken feminist in her professional life, but her personal life is a struggle. Her marriage is failing. Her closeted sexuality feels like a distraction. Outraged that the National Tennis League won’t allow equal pay for men and women, King founds her own tour with Gladys Heldman (Sarah Silverman) as manager. Riggs (Carell) is decades removed from his last championship. Facing dwindling finances and desperate to win back his ex-wife (Elisabeth Shue), he proposes a publicity-snaring challenge: a $100,000 winner-take-all match. King is more than game. Starring: Emma Stone, Steve Carell
Tickets €7 | Complimentary tea/coffee also served after the movie
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An Táin Art Centre | Crowe Street | Dundalk | Co. Louth