Young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg works with her husband to bring a groundbreaking case of gender discrimination before the Supreme Court.
Initial release: December 25, 2018 (USA)
Director: Mimi Leder
Screenplay: Daniel Stiepleman
Production company: Focus Features
Producer: Robert W. Cort
On the Basis of Sex is an American biographical legal drama based on the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Directed by Mimi Leder and written by Daniel Stiepleman, it stars Felicity Jones as Ginsburg, with Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston and Kathy Bates in supporting roles.
The film had its world premiere at the AFI Festival on November 8, 2018, and is scheduled to premiere in the United States on December 25, 2018.
The studios have, and will always have, their place. They are the home of the bad guys who are bad and the good ones who are good and tough in the fights that are almost always won, sending an audience home with good feelings about themselves and the world in which they live. They recognize that movies are first entertainment all other things second. And in general that’s fine, but as tools to investigate complex issues, it has its limits and on the basis of sex it meets all of them. Some solid performances, particularly Felicity Jones in the lead role, and a timely message for a safe, by the number movie.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Jones), one of the first women admitted to the Harvard Law School, had a legal mindset once in a generation and a will to power once in a century. By refusing to bow to the long history of patriarchal subjugation, Ginsburg focused his legal career on forging rights for women and a career for her from an absolutely apathetic civilization so far. The cornerstone of that struggle was the case of a single man seeking a tax exemption reserved for single mothers, and with it generations of believing in assigned gender roles. But first Ginsburg had to win the fight to have the fight …