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Borg vs. McEnroe

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Swearing, brief nudity in well-acted, real-life tennis tale.

Movie R 2018 107 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Good only if you agree with strippers as female role models.

If you believe in strong female role models, this movies isn’t for you. Dumb bar women, female stripper nudity, etc. Not what I want my girls identifying with. Wish there was a choice below for poor role models instead of only great role models.

Is It Any Good?

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While this sports movie skimps on details and seems a bit rushed in spots, it nevertheless nicely balances its handling of the two tennis champs, aided in no small part by terrific lead performances. Director Janus Metz has created a truly international production: Characters speak their own native languages, translated in subtitles, making Borg vs. McEnroe feel like a bigger movie than it really is.

That said, the movie is betrayed somewhat by hand-held cinematography and choppy editing; a little more patience could have yielded more beauty. The most glaring example is in the final game sequence, which feels hectic. It's too bad the filmmakers didn't take their chance to slow it down and demonstrate just why it's considered perhaps the greatest match in Wimbledon history. Metz misses some of the poetry, instead relying on the scoreboard and the announcers' commentary to explain the game's epic proportions. The movie's best achievement is to convince us that the actors are actually as good as the real-life champs; there's never a slip or a trick that's exposed. As it goes on, the movie's picture of these two players as polar opposites begins to cast its own spell, and when it comes down to just the two of them -- the only two who can understand each other -- Borg vs. McEnroe can be quite moving.

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