‘Challengers’ with Alex Barr

Episode 13

It’s match point of our sports-romance kick and hooooo, baby. “Challengers” is here, and we’ve got writer Alex Barr on the program to discuss this year’s sweatiest, hungriest, horniest movie. We talk tennis as sex, sex as tennis, the movie’s use of food, unexplained bruises, a different side of Zendaya, bafflingly inventive cinematography, and so much more.

This marks the capstone of our Sports Romance kick, but there might be a bonus episode? We shall see!

About “The Kick”

“The Kick” is a theme-obsessed movie podcast where new releases are the ultimate excuse to fill blindspots and let that completist flag fly.

Part of the Now Playing Network, the show runs in multi-episode arcs—or kicks—that explore a particular sub-genre or filmography, and then culminate in a relevant new film. As in, “I’m on a sports-romance kick, and it won’t be over until I see Challengers.

Every week, host Chance Solem-Pfeifer is joined by a fellow writer, filmmaker, or movie appreciator. You can contact him at chancesolempfeifer [at] gmail [dot] com and read his film writings in the Willamette Week.