Parents' Guide to

Battle of the Sexes

By Betsy Bozdech, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Moving dramedy serves up sexism, sexuality; lots of smoking.

Movie PG-13 2017 121 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 13+

Really shows the era

This movie is fine for kids and parents to watch together! The sex scene is implied at most, it is not shown though. Those reviewers went into this knowing who Billie Jean King was and her sexuality. It's not shoved down your throat but it is apart of who she is so you should have expected to see depictions of who she was interested in and how she felt emotionally. This is great to show kids about how times were back then and how they differ now. Also once again, movies/tv do not make your children gay, if they are then that has always been the case and if they aren't, watching two people of the same sex kiss won't make them gay and who cares anyway.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
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age 15+

Potty humor and sex reffernce

I really loved this sexy humor movie. Be warn, too, a-lot of language. Such as Fuck-Goddamn,etc. A sex reffernce of inspecting 'it' meaning her butt.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18):
Kids say (11):

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' thoughtful dramedy is really more about King's personal journey than it is the big match between King and Riggs -- and that's a good thing. She has to do a fair bit of soul-searching before she's really ready to put it all on the line, and her struggles make her even more sympathetic. As played by Stone, King's softer, more vulnerable moments, especially the ones with Marilyn (Riseborough), help make her a real, relatable person -- not "just" a legendary athlete. Carell's Riggs, meanwhile, is both funny and sad; it's difficult not to chuckle at his wild schemes and antics, but it's clear that he pursues them because he can't find any other source of joy and excitement in his life. (That said, you may be hard-pressed to hold on to any kind feelings toward him once he starts gleefully spewing extreme male-chauvinist rhetoric.)

As for the infamous match itself, let's just say that it's always a good sign when a movie based on real-life events with a widely known outcome can build genuinely suspenseful "how will it turn out?" tension at critical junctures (see: Apollo 13). Even non-tennis fans will be caught up in the serves and rallies. And while you can't help wishing that the issues King was fighting for -- equal pay and respect for women -- were as much a thing of the past as all of the movie's '70s cars, clothes, and props (airport TVs!), the fact that they're still timely makes Battle of the Sexes all the more relevant and compelling.

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