On one side is a male chauvinist pig. On the other side is a hairy-legged feminist. In the middle is a $100,000 prize (and many more sponsorship dollars). The 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis match between champs Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King grabbed the attention of the nation, and now the full - slightly ridiculous - story can be told.
For 55-year-old publicity-hound Bobby Riggs (played here by Steve Carrell) the Battle of the Sexes was a great show; he saw it as a chance to come out of retirement while drawing some attention to the sport he loved. For 29-year-old Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) it wasn’t just a sideshow; it was a chance to bring respectability to the sport of women’s tennis and the opportunity to bring female athletes out of the shadow of their male counterparts.
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Ferris bring their trademark heart and humor to this real-life story, giving us a cast of strange, flawed and lovable people. Soaked in the polyester energy of the 1970s, BATTLE OF THE SEXES is a backhand volley of fun and excitement, a 40-year-old story that’s entirely relevant today.