This dramatization of the titular 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone), then the top female tennis player in the world, and washed-up but entertaining former champ/eternal hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) adheres closely to the real events that led up to that famous night, where chauvinism squared off against feminism in front of 90 million viewers. The… read more!
Movies Directed by Valerie Faris (in alphabetical order)
Little Miss Sunshine
This breakout hit from the 2006 Sundance Festival is about a comically dysfunctional family from Albuquerque whose awkward 8-year-old daughter unexpectedly makes it into the finals of a beauty pageant for little girls. The clan then embarks on a two-day road trip to Redondo Beach, California for the finals. And while the kooky characters and zany yellow VW bus they… read more!
Paul Dano plays a lonely young novelist whose lone literary success is already ten years behind him. Suffering from writer's block, he acts on the advice of his therapist (an underused Elliot Gould – hard to believe now that Gould was a huge star in the '70s) and starts writing a description of his dream girl. Then one morning, he… read more!