On the Basis of Sex

On the Basis of Sex

DVD - 2019
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Jul 15, 2019

I enjoyed this film. Very well acted and great production value. I have two complaints: 1. The slow pacing in situations was distracting(boring) as we waited and waited and waited for the next comment or action to happen - given a run time of 2 hours, these slow moments could easily have been edited to be faster; and 2. Armie Hammer and Felicity Jones are two of the most beautiful human beings on the planet, Marty and Ruth Ginsburg are not. It is always distracting/disappointing to me when you replace very 'average' looking people with some of the most beautiful celebrities. They easily could have used actors who are not known for their looks and that would have made the film more real to the actual events. I think it changes the audience's experience to stray from reality that much. Those two critiques aside, the film was a great telling of how Kiki Ginsburg got her start as a courtroom lawyer arguing against gender discrimination. One observation that made me ponder - as a criticism against the judges who had been upholding gender discrimination precedent, one character points out that the pro-discrimination people argue that women working outside of the home will result in wages decreasing (because of the flood of available workers) and divorces increasing (because you are changing the natural order of a family household with one bread winner and one caretaker)... when that comment was made, I thought, wow, wages have stagnated since the 1970s and the divorce rate and rate of children growing up in single parent homes has steadily increased - was there something to those fears? Correlation doesn't equal causality - but it really does make you wonder, what started changing in the 60s and 70s that have led our society in that direction?

I found it interesting that gender discrimination was so prevalent in the USA. The fact that she went on to become a supreme court judge and turned the tide of sexual discrimination in the US legal system is great. I found the comments on line on the story very interesting. A lot of knowledgeable people out there.

Jul 10, 2019

Surprised to find the documentary RBG starring Ruth Ginsberg as herself beats this drama BOTH in substance and entertainment. Nonetheless, a few more tidbits of ongoing women's struggle in our nation's history with its 120 minutes program than RBG's 98 minutes. Watch both if you have the time.

Jun 21, 2019

I wanted to like this, but I really didn't. Ruth Bader Ginsburg has made some decisions that have hurt women in the workplace and yet none of those decisions are in this film, only the ones that all the feminists would get behind. That makes it nothing more than propaganda. For most of her life she thought and worked like a man, not like a woman, and many of the decisions she made "on behalf of women" were what hurt the rest of us. e.g. allowing employers to force women to work overtime without adequate wages made things worse for women not better. Equality only works when you receive the benefits and not just the costs.

DBRL_ReginaF May 28, 2019

I might not love it as much as the RBG documentary, but it's a very close runner up.

JCLHeatherM May 14, 2019

A slow burn biopic that sheds light on the early years of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from starting out as a law student at Harvard to arguing her first Supreme Court case. Let the record show, that the word 'freedom' is indeed in the constitution (specifically the First Amendment).


May 12, 2019

I agree with several others. I watched RBG (also available at library) first. Because of that I found the movie "On the basis of sex" slow. I liked both but encourage people to watch
RBG too.

May 09, 2019

Overall I liked the movie, but as an Oregonian, I hated how she pronounced "Oregon" completely wrong as so many others do! Drives me crazy!

May 07, 2019

I loved the documentary "RBG", so I was doubtful about liking this film. The movie is well done, but if you have to choose, see "RBG". I hope the film was faithful to the truth of the relationship between Chief Justice Ginsburg and her husband. He seemed to be a man ahead of his time in assuming the roles in the family traditionally held by women. As a woman of the 60's who is now in her 70's, I know first hand the attitudes of the time. There was only one statement in the film that aroused my feminist ire. I am confident that Martin Ginsburg was a good man, however, at the end of the film he is quoted as saying - "The smartest thing I ever did was to LET Ruth be Ruth." Ruth had the right to be herself without anyone's permission. You may accuse me of being overly sensitive, but let me tell you a story from life. A friend is a flight attendant with a major airline - a job that used to often be regarded as the equivalent of being a playboy club bunny. In an attempt to establish a union my friend was told by a co-worker - " I don't know if my husband would LET me vote for a union." No one LETS anyone else be themselves - we give each other wings ( no pun intended ). Kristi & Abby Tabby

May 07, 2019

Worth watching but the documentary, RBG, was so much better. Really
recommend that one!

May 06, 2019

a perfect movie for ignorant people who believe Feminism is a self-centered crusade to make men slaves or similar propaganda. the equality groups all work together to force the hand of a system that only cares about itself and is OVERWHELMINGLY still controlled by Rich White Males. I'm saying this even though i am a white male because i see the effects of these unequal policies everyday.

May 05, 2019

A woefully underrated movie about a very important court case in recent history. A well-told story about an incredible woman, an incredible marriage, and an incredibly hopeful time in history when we finally started to come out of the "dark ages" of social inequities long overdue for change. Heartbreaking to compare it to now, as we slip back into the ugly morass of unenlightenment.

May 01, 2019

Very well done bio pic. Probably a little romanticized, but not over the top nor aggrandizing. This is just the beginning of her story--her first success, so there is time to get to know the person (at least the person the writer and director see). It left me wanting a movie about the next 20 years of her career.

Apr 26, 2019

Wow! Wow! Wow!

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg launched the judicial movement on the basis of sex. This movie captured the sex discrimination she experienced early in her career as well as how litigation becomes an instrument of social change.

Melinda Gates has recently kicked it up another notch. We're all going to be hearing a lot more about gender equality.

RomanceAddict Apr 25, 2019

This movie is a fabulous bio pic of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has truly been pivotal in challenging laws one by one to improve gender equality under the law. Pair this feature film with the documentary "The Notorious RBG".

Apr 22, 2019

PROS: Such a great story! Good acting, very strong cast.
CONS: It's a great story that is not very well told. It starts slow... the story begins in 1956 but it doesn't get interesting until 1970 ! The initial scenes (until 1970) show that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was human: a mother, a supportive spouse, a mere mortal. Also, the movie tries to "adjust the scales" and give due credit to her husband, who contributed to her success. But the intro doesn't build up to anything.
In general, there is no subtleties and the whole movie is "in your face". I mean, the movie is fine, but it lacks power, and it never does justice to the real lady, who was as powerful as 10 tons of TNT.

Apr 20, 2019

inspiring and uplifting.

Apr 18, 2019

Outstanding Movie!!! Watching this movie will inform many who can't remember or didn't live through the time when women could not get credit cards in their own names , could not server int the military or many many other professions were closed to them based on gender. I never ever want to go back to the bad old days when the only group of people who had full rights were white men..

Apr 11, 2019

This is one great movie for women's rights in the United States! One has to appreciate how essential women are in our society!

Mar 26, 2019

Seriously, 1 copy? w/110 waiting in line?
I hope people realize they can still go to the regular SAPL search and find these things. This one? ..there are 41 copies there.

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