On the Basis of Sex

On the Basis of Sex
  • 2018
  • US
  • 2h
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Mimi Leder
  • Cast: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux

Biopic of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Jones), focusing on her journey from law student in the 50s to crusading lawyer in the 70s. Jones brings emotional conviction and power to the role, and her chemistry with Hammer as her lawyer husband Marty is sweet. Inspirational stuff.

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A new mother who graduated top of her law class, Ruth is faces adversity in her drive to land a job. Eventually working with her husband, attorney Martin Ginsburg (Armie Hammer), Ruth takes on a groundbreaking tax case that she knows could change the direction of her career and the way the courts view gender discrimination.

A glass ceiling-shattering legal figure who has become a vocal opponent to Trump in recent years, the story of her early years is a fascinating picture of just how many hurdles she had to overcome to become the legal powerhouse she is today. The film also chronicles the storybook-like romance between Ruth and Marty, a partnership that succeeded both personally and professionally.

Superb support performances from Kathy Bates, Justin Theroux and Sam Waterston (Law & Order).

US 2018 Dir Mimi Leder 120 min

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On the Basis of Sex

18 Feb 20193 stars

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the subject of an inspiring and romantic biopic

How appropriate that on a wave of films centred on strong female characters one of them should be about iconic US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, also fondly known as Notorious RBG and the subject of a recent documentary (from Julie Cohen and…

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