A wonderful companion piece to last summer’s hit documentary, RBG, On the Basis of Sex stars Felicity Jones as young Ruth Bader Ginsburg, following her trajectory from law school to impassioned advocate for gender equality.
When Ginsburg was accepted into Harvard Law School in 1956, she was one of only nine women in a class of 500. Ignored by the all-male faculty inside of the classroom and condescended to outside of it, she endured in part thanks to the encouragement of her partner, Marty (Armie Hammer), though at times she had to work twice as hard as others to get ahead. When Marty was diagnosed with testicular cancer, Ruth attended his classes in addition to her own, staying up late and writing papers for two. And when she went up for a job at a law firm in 1959, we hear her describe how difficult it was for “a woman, a mother, and a Jew to boot” to get hired. Carrying us through the 1970s and the case that changed her career, On the Basis of Sex is a solid depiction of an American family with a superhero at its center.
(USA / 2018 / Directed by Mimi Leder)
PG-13 / 2 hrs.