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"ON THE BASIS OF SEX"
(2018) (Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer) (PG-13)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff None
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Mild
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Moderate
Jump Scenes None
Music (Scary/Tense) None
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Heavy
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking Heavy
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence None


QUICK TAKE:
Drama: A young woman must deal with misogyny and more as she attempts to become a lawyer and begin to put an end to discrimination based on one's gender.
PLOT:
It's 1956 and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (FELICITY JONES) is one of a handful of women attending Harvard Law School where her husband, Marty (ARMIE HAMMER), is one year ahead of her. Despite her being smart and ambitious she must contend with the various male authority figures there -- including Dean Erwin Griswold (SAM WATERSTON) and Professor Brown (STEPHEN ROOT) -- being dismissive of her when not otherwise acting in demeaning and misogynistic ways. Not only that, but she must also contend with Marty being diagnosed with testicular cancer, all while caring for their young daughter, Jane.

She later graduates from Columbia, but finds it difficult getting a job as a lawyer and ends up teaching at Rutgers Law School, all while contending with now 15-year-old Jane (CAILEE SPAENY) being a rebellious teenager. But Ruth gets her big break when Marty informs her of a tax law issue involving Charles Moritz (CHRIS MULKEY), a never-married man who tried to take a caregiver tax deduction for the help he hired to care for his ailing mother, but was denied due to being a man.

Realizing she could use that discrimination based on gender case as a stepping stone to help women facing their own gender-based discrimination, she enlists the aid of Mel Wulf (JUSTIN THEROUX), legal director of the ACLU, to help in representing Charles. From that point on, she begins researching all matters related to the case, all while continuing to contend with men in power not taking her seriously.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
They might if they're into the world of law, are interested in Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or are fans of anyone in the cast.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For some language and suggestive content.


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