On the Basis of Sex

On the Basis of Sex

DVD - 2019
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The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a woman who overcame gender inequalities in order to become a Supreme Court Justice.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2019]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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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!

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Jan 14, 2019

What quality or trait defines the right of any person to exist as equal to any other? The life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't start in the Supreme Court. Her personal and professional struggles for equal rights between men and women have defined American history and freedom like few events in the country's existence. Follow the many steps Ginsburg had to take and the many uphills battles she had to win from Harvard Law School to the U.S. court system to prove that a woman could know the law and act upon it as fairly and impartially as any man.


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