On the Basis of Sex

2019 | 120 minutes | Rated PG-13

On the Basis of Sex is a fictionalized telling of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s time attending law school, teaching at Columbia University, and then trying some of her early game-changing cases. That’s one heck of a premise for a film, so I hate to write the following: It is not very good. Okay, it’s fine. It wanted to be great, but it’s corny and just... bleh. As a look at the revolutionary life of a powerful woman, On the Basis of Sex pales in comparison to the superior documentary RBG. Ginsburg is appreciated, and she will never not be cool. But that doesn’t make this movie good. Ginsburg’s life is one of those great examples of real life being better than fiction. If you need to spend two hours at the Church of Ruth, On the Basis of Sex isn’t the best place to worship.

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Film Credits
Mimi Leder
Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Stephen Root, Sam Waterston, Kathy Bates, Chris Mulkey, Francis McCarthy, Wendy Crewson