On The Basis Of Sex

It was a man's world. So she changed it

On The Basis Of Sex is Mimi Leder’s intelligent biopic of the inimitable Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The film follows the early accomplishments of young Ruth (Felicity Jones), beginning in 1956 when she marches into the male-dominated Harvard Law School. The film then patiently advances toward the ’70s, focusing on RBG’s family life with devoted husband Marty (Armie Hammer) and on her career as a professor, leading sizzling feminist discourse among the razor-sharp minds of the era.

Poster for the biography of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, On The Basis Of SexThen comes the pivotal sex-discrimination case that launched RBG’s legacy in earnest: a case in which Charles Moritz (Christian Mulkey), a man caring for his ailing mother, is denied the appropriate tax deductions by an archaic law which declares that only women can be primary caregivers.

Well paced and directed with gusto, On The Basis Of Sex finds a near-perfect tone, balancing serious courtroom drama with tasteful emotional notes. Leder’s uplifting film urges us to face today’s injustices head on, armed with conviction and a steady gaze.

– Tomris Laffly, Time Out

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