Hey guys! Happy Monday! This past weekend, I went home to Cleveland to visit my parents and boyfriend. There wasn’t much going on in Columbus with my roommates, so it was a perfect opportunity to head up north and relax for the weekend. While I was there, my mom, dad, and I went to see On the Basis of Sex in theaters, and I loved it! I decided to do a quick review for my Monday blog post because everyone seemed to enjoy my book review (click here to read!) from a couple weeks ago.

On the Basis of Sex

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I’m a pretty big fan of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (but really, who isn’t?). When I walked into the theater, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought the film would consist of a brief overview of the numerous cases Justice Ginsberg represented in federal court. However, this was not the case (pun intended). The movie focused solely on Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg’s early career and her first major court case dealing with sex discrimination.

The case was heard in a federal court in Denver. Coined Charles E. Moritz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, it dealt with a single man, Charles, taking care of his elderly mother with the help of a nurse. However, he was not able to use the care taker’s deduction on his taxes because he was not a woman. The film goes on to portray the back story to how Ruth became involved with the case, and the judges’ ultimate decision on the issue.

Overall, I would recommend the movie. There are some slow parts and a couple of scenes definitely could have been omitted. With that being said, it was still an incredible movie that portrayed many of the hurdles that Justice Ginsburg had to overcome to be the successful lawyer she is today. If you take only one thing away from this movie, it should be that women would not be able to be where we are today without the fearless and brave people who came before us and helped pave the path of equality.

More historical movies

Another great movie to watch if you want a more comprehensive overview of Justice Ginsburg’s life is the documentary about her, titled RBG. I believe it is still on Hulu, so I would definitely give it a chance if you are looking for something new to watch!

Historical movies are by far my favorite genre. Here are five more you should check out (click on the title to go to the movie’s IMDb page!):

  1. And the Band Played On
  2. Mona Lisa Smile
  3. Dunkirk
  4. American Sniper
  5. The King’s Speech

And always remember that these movies are based on fact but are not 100% accurate. 🙂

Thank you guys so much for reading. Happy Monday, again, and I will see you back here next week!

xx,

Ali

Are you looking for a new movie to watch? Click here for a review about On the Basis of Sex!