ON THE BASIS OF SEX
By Mary Cox
For people who love movies that are based on true stories you are going to love this film. “On the Basis of Sex” is a must see movie for every woman or girl in this country lest we forget what it was like in 1959 when Ruth Bader Ginsburg, (Felicity Jones) started law school at Harvard. When the Dean, (Academy Award nominee Sam Waterston) invited the nine women enrolled in law school to dinner at his home, he insulted them. It is obvious his idea of the role of woman is bare foot and pregnant.
When their daughter was still a baby, Martin Ginsburg, (Armie Hammer), a second year law student at Harvard, was stricken with testicular cancer. While he was incapacitated, Ruth took notes in his classes as well as attending her own classes, typed his papers on an old manual typewriter as he dictated, took care of their daughter and made the Harvard Law Review while being first in her law school class.
Her career as a lawyer was just as rocky as her journey through law school. Throughout her career she worked to open doors for women through the laws.
Felicity Jones is fabulous as Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I hope that her performance will garner the accolades it deserves. Unfortunately for her, 2018 was the year of the woman in film. There was no shortage of fabulous performances by women this past year.
Armie Hammer is gorgeous and had most of the women in the audience drooling. Hammer and Jones made an odd pair just like the Ginsburgs did height-wise. Hammer is 6’5” and Jones is 5’3”. Whenever Hammer kissed Jones he had to lift her off the floor. In real life, Ruth Ginsburg is only 5’1”.
The brilliant script was written by Daniel Stiepleman. Mimi Leder directed “On the Basis of Sex”. I have been a fan of Mimi Leder since “China Beach” days. She brings out the best in all the actors.
“On the Basis of Sex” begins in 1959 and ends in 1970. It was so fun to see the clothes and cars from days gone by. The film begins with hundreds of men and Ruth walking into the Harvard Law School. Unfortunately, Leder couldn’t get most of the men to cut their hair into crew cuts which was the popular hair style for men in the 1950’s.
I am sorry to say that “On the Basis of Sex” is only being shown at Plaza Frontenac. This is a film you won’t want to miss. It has become my favorite movie of the year. It is worth the drive to St. Louis.