The Battle of the Sexes – review

Men & Women

A fascinating excavation of a crossover sports/pop culture moment from the early 70s – the novelty tennis match between Billie Jean King and 55-year-old Bobby Riggs.

Perhaps slightly less crucial to the women's movement than this film implies, the encounter was nevertheless fraught with mindboggling gender politics and highly entertaining hucksterism. It really couldn't have happened today.

Powered by article was written by Andrew Pulver, for The Guardian on Thursday 27th June 2013 23.15 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010