On the Basis of Sex

On the Basis of Sex - The GBY

On the Basis of Sex, another biopic, only this one is good.  This movie only touches on a few of the obstacles Ruth Bader Ginsberg had to overcome.  It starts with her law school years, raising a baby and caring for a sick husband and then jumps to her first court case – 11 years after graduation.  It was a tax case that focused on discrimination against a man.  Felicity Jones is excellent as RGB, a tiny woman with a laser like focus to make a difference one law at a time.  Armie Hammer (Sorry to Bother You) is charming as her loving and supportive husband, Martin (though his surfer good looks are a little distracting).   I enjoyed the interactions with her daughter, Jane (Cailee Spaeny, Bad Times at the El Royale). Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, Chris Mulkey and Jack Raynor (The Secret Scripture) add depth to the film.

This movie really punctuates how far the law has come in the last 60 years.  If you have a young woman in your life (over 14) you should take her to see this movie.  I think we all take for granted the opportunities that are available today and the women that made it all possible.  It does make me want to see RBG, a documentary that premiered at Sundance 2018.

Our Rating for On the Basis of Sex

4.5 Cupcakes Rating - The GBY

Official Trailer for On the Basis of Sex

Official Synopsis for On the Basis of Sex

The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.


Cast Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Cailee Spaeny, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Sam Waterston, Jack Raynor, Chris Mulkey
Director Mimi Leder
Screenwriter Daniel Stiepleman
Cinematographer Michael Grady
Editor Michelle Tosoro
 Production Companies Focus Features, Participant Media , Robert Cort Productions
Run Time 120 minutes
Genre Drama, Biography
Premier AFI Fest 2018

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