On the Basis of Sex movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Dealing with strong levels of sexism, this engaging but slow drama based on a true story is interesting for young teens and up. On the Basis of Sex includes good role models on real-life topics.


Ruth Ginsburg struggles to stand up and fight for equal rights for the sexes when her husband Martin is diagnosed with cancer and she is rejected by numerous firms for employment.

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Movie details

Director: Mimi Leder
Cast: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Sam Waterston, Kathy Bates
Writer: Daniel Stiepleman
Release Date (Australia): 7 February 2019
Runtime: 120 minutes/2h
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Language: English


Themes (PG)

The film contains themes relating to sexism, cancer and a brief scene of sexual harassment.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains a single use of the word “f**king”, as well as uses of “s**t”, “d**k”, “**shole”, “prick”, “hell” and “damn”.

Sex (PG)

The film contains verbal sex references, as well as a scene in which a couple undress and kiss passionately.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for some language and suggestive content)

Aussie boy's thoughts

This is another movie capturing of history that stands and battles against gender discrimination, but it’s captured with a very weak system. Anyway, On the Basis of Sex: here come some inspirational role models that tackle sexism and fight for gender equality! It’s a well-acted and finely designed portrayal of the true story, despite that it’s nowhere near as brilliant in the documentary, RBG.

The performances are as astonishing as they are required to be in social issue dramas and it’s pretty engaging. However, there’s a huge let down throughout the film. The fact that it’s reasonably engaging, but isn’t really that interesting or compelling really sends its strength to ruins.

On the Basis of Sex is easily likeable. The issues and topics are covered in a fair context. But the history and the plot is all captured so poorly. It even extends to the point where audiences will likely be drifting off as they try to remain focused on the deeply slow, occasionally boring execution. The brilliant acting deserves a much better depiction, but most of all, the amazing Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserves a much better portrayal of her actions.

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