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Battle of the Sexes Blu-ray Review
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Battle of the Sexes, with its fine performances, superb recreation of 1973 with period details and flourishes, and presciently timed story, is compelling if imperfect. It’s a fun watch and worthy of your time, even if that’s just via rental.

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As one who competed in junior tennis back then as well as being a ball boy (back then there were no ball girls) for major tournaments, I followed tennis pretty closely. Even back then I found this spectacle to be farcical to be called a "Battle of the Sexes" between a mediocre middle-aged player and (at the time) the best female tennis player. It would have been more interesting for her to play someone like John Newcombe as a true battle of the sexes. It was nothing more than a media circus that I never took seriously and the loss of Riggs was not surprising in the least. This movie might be interesting as nostalgia but otherwise, I have no interest in going back and reliving the ridiculous event.
 

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I watched this tonight. I also am old enough to have lived through the events depicted in the movie, so I appreciated the behind-the-scenes look at what was going on. (I will admit that I was surprised to be reminded that the King-Riggs match went three sets (best of five, I guess) and not two (best of three).

I went into the movie thinking Bobby Riggs was going to be the villain of the piece and emerged with a different take on this huckster altogether. Imagine my surprise that the legendary Jack Kramer was the real villain of the film.
 

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