On the Basis of Sex

IT WAS A MAN’S WORLD. SO SHE CHANGED IT.

After failing to find a job as a lawyer even though she graduated at the top of her class, Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) is teaching law when her husband (Armie Hammer) brings her attention to a case that could have enormous legal consequences. In the documentary RBG (2018), we learned what a trailblazer Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is when it comes to women’s rights. This film, written by her nephew, dramatizes how she found her voice as an attorney in 1970. Very conventional, but still worth a look thanks to a compelling story and the two lead performances.

2018-U.S. 120 min. Color. Directed by Mimi Leder. Screenplay: Daniel Stiepleman. Cast: Felicity Jones (Ruth Bader Ginsburg), Armie Hammer (Martin Ginsburg), Justin Theroux (Mel Wulf), Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, Cailee Spaeny.

Trivia: Natalie Portman was reportedly first considered as Ruth Ginsburg.

 

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