On the Basis of Sex Review
by Myla Tosatto
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Felicity Jones) is a living legend. On the Basis of Sex makes the case for that. From the very first glimpse of the extremely petite Justice to the last, we are given a glimpse into the brain and family life of RBG. It makes for a very striking motion picture.
In 1956, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of only nine women admitted to Harvard Law School. Not only was she a first year law school student, she was a mother to an infant and married to second year student, Marty Ginsburg (Armie Hammer)*. Director Mimi Leder’s film from Daniel Stiepelman’s script mostly explores her law school years through her first actual case as an attorney (and it’s a big one!).
Anyone who is interested in the law, equal rights and powerful women will love this movie. I know I did. I came away from it gobsmacked and I was already in awe of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This movie is perfect for kids, though it is rated PG-13. Don’t let the rating scare you. It may not be animated or have musical numbers, but it makes history very interesting.
* How exactly did she do that? Mr. Movie Myla could barely handle dating me while he was in law school. Law school is supposedly hard. At least, that’s how I hear it. I think Ms Bader-Ginsburg may just be Superwoman.
On the Basis of Sex is now playing in theaters!