On the Basis of Sex (2018)


“A court ought not be affected by the weather of the day, but will be by the climate of the era.” – Prof. Freund

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – True story of how a young female lawyer named Ruth Bader Ginsberg took on the cause of gender discrimination for the ACLU in the 60’s and helped change the face of America at the time.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for quite a few months and was so happy to finally get the opportunity to see it.

After having watched RBG (2018) few months ago, I was familiar with the overall story shown here, but I liked he way that they present the minute details so well here.

They do a wonderful job here telling this very compelling story in a very realistic way.

The cast of this film is great and the choice of Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer in the leads are near perfect.

The way that this film portrays the relationship/partnership between the Ginsburg couple is amazing and reflects the way that they truly interacted even years later in clips shown in RBG (2018).

They are able to show how the story progresses really well and it was nice to see that things didn’t always go smoothly since that adds so much to the dynamics of how we get to see the characters reactions to the ups and downs of it all as we experience things along with them.

I’m a bit surprised that this film (and its actors) didn’t get more love during this past awards season because they definitely deserve it.

Bottom Line – Excellent film that is able to tell such a compelling true story in a very realistic way. The cast is superb and Jones and Hammer are both perfectly cast as the leads.  Loved the way that they portray the relationship/partnership between the Ginsburgs since it reflects exactly what the documentary RBG (2018) shows years later.  The story works really well in showing the way that the real events progressed and it’s nice to see that everything doesn’t always flow in a straight and narrow path which allows for us to deal with the ups and downs along with the characters. I’m quite surprised that this film didn’t get more love during this past awards season which is quite a shame.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Daniel Stiepleman – the writer of the film – is Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s nephew. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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