Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in "Battle of the Sexes."

Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in "Battle of the Sexes."

Any movie about the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs would need to go to lengths to match the spectacle of the original match.

But, according to critics, the new movie “Battle of the Sexes” pulls it off. Some reviewers say it’s an enjoyable comedy, while others find poignancy in the matchup of a bombastic man and a trailblazing woman.

In this meeting of the 1A Movie Club, we assess the film and talk about the match that inspired it.


  • John Horn Host, "The Frame" on KPCC; @jghorn
  • Rosie Casals Former professional tennis player. Billie Jean King’s doubles partner and the winner of multiple Grand Slam titles. She also announced the original "Battle of the Sexes" match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King.
  • Rachel Simon Movies editor at Bustle
  • Steve Flink Lead columnist at TennisChannel.com. He's covered tennis for more than four decades, and was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame earlier this year.

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