At the beginning of the sexual revolution and the feminist movement, the tennis match between champion Billie Jean King and former champion Bobby Riggs was dubbed “The Battle of the Sexes” and became the most watched sports program in the history of television, reaching 90 million viewers.
While the rivalry of the two reached the highest odds, outside the tennis court each carried their own fight. King, not only for equality, but closer to her friend Marilyn Barnett, she had to reconcile with her own sexuality. Riggs, on the other hand, was haunted by gambling addiction, which threatened his marriage.
Together, King and Riggs, played by Emma Stone and Steve Carell, represented a true cultural show that resonated far beyond the tennis court, lighting talks in many bedrooms.