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'Venus and Serena' gives a behind-the-scenes look at the sisters

Aug. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Movies and More reviewer John Gillispie thinks "Venus and Serena," rated PG-13 and produced and directed by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major, is an interesting look into the lives of sisters and tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams.

For tennis fans, it's an exciting time of the year this week and next as a pretty important tennis tournament is being played in New York.

It's a time of the year when serious tennis fans follow coverage of the U.S. Open, and I think some people who may only have a passing interest in tennis and tennis players pay attention, too.

Some tennis fans might want to check out the movie "Venus and Serena," which takes viewers into the lives of the incredibly successful tennis champions and sisters Venus and Serena Williams.

The movie, which is available on DVD, includes footage from following the lives of the two sisters in 2011 and also includes video of the tennis stars as young girls. The movie also shows different events in their lives and careers.

As a tennis fan, I already knew a lot about Venus and Serena before watching the film.

I have seen them play numerous tennis matches on TV and even though I knew a lot about what has happened to the sisters on and off the court, I still found the movie to be interesting.

I especially enjoyed hearing from the parents of Venus and Serena and from others who are close to them on a daily basis. I think I would have enjoyed seeing more interviews with other tennis players and commentators, even though Billie Jean King and John McEnroe are included in the film.

John Gillispie is the public relations director for the Huntington Museum of Art. Contact the writer at jgillisp@hmoa.org.