42

2013 PG-13 2h 8m Blu-ray / DVD

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42

2013 PG-13 2h 8m Blu-ray / DVD
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This biopic focuses on the relationship between baseball icon Jackie Robinson and Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson and in 1947 made him the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era.
Format
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
  • Chadwick Boseman
  • Harrison Ford
  • Nicole Beharie
  • Christopher Meloni
  • Ryan Merriman
  • Lucas Black
  • AndrĂ© Holland
  • Alan Tudyk
  • Brett Cullen
  • John C. McGinley
  • T.R. Knight
  • Brad Beyer
  • Jud Tylor
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Reviews

age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that 42 is an inspiring biopic about the two years in which baseball legend Jackie Robinson broke the sport's color barrier. It's not a complete biography -- just a snapshot of the 1946 and 1947 seasons. Expect many uses of the "N" word; but considering the institutional racism of the 1940s, the word is important to convey the times. Other racial slurs include "boy," "monkey," and "coon"; other language includes occasional use of words like "s--t" and "a--hole." There are a few near fistfights between the Dodgers and opposing players, and at one point a fellow Dodger pushes Robinson; a fight almost ensues. Despite the difficult language and serious themes, the movie offers important historical and ethical lessons for younger viewers and sports fans.

Sexual Content

Several marital kisses -- a few more passionate than others -- and scenes of Robinson and his wife in their bedroom (sometimes she's in her chemise, but the camera shows her from the waist up) talking and sometimes embracing. The only risque scene is when a man is shown in bed with a woman (he's shirtless, and she's in a nightie) who's saying innuendo-laced things to him while he's on the phone. It's later revealed that they're having an adulterous affair.

Violence

The Dodgers nearly come to blows with the Pirates when the Pirates' pitcher hits Robinson in the head. This happens another time as well. Robinson and one of his own teammates nearly go fist to fist as well but are stopped by their fellow players. A Florida man makes it clear that there are a group of men on their way to cause "trouble" if Robinson doesn't leave town. After his encounter with the racist Phillies manager, Robinson gets so upset that he privately breaks his bat. An opposing player spikes him in the calf at first base.

Language

Both the "N" word and "boy" are used several times, particularly in a game against the Phillies, in which an overtly racist team manager incessantly ridicules Robinson and calls him everything those epithets to "coon," "monkey," and many others. But the "N" word isn't used gratuitously, and its use is appropriate considering the movie's context. Usually when referring to African Americans, the word used is "Negroes" (historically accurate). Also a couple of uses of "s--t," "a--hole," "hell," "son of a bitch," "damn," "goddamn," and "ass."

Social Behavior

In addition to its strong pro-equality/anti-racism messages, 42 promotes the idea that it's worth being considered an outcast to stand up for something important. Both Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey have to face a lot of persecution, but by staying steadfast in their goal, they rise above the negativity and threats to persevere.

Consumerism

Historically accurate shots of a Dodge car and a Budweiser ad and a few other fleeting ads in the baseball parks.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults are shown drinking in a couple of scenes. Also some smoking, particularly cigars (accurate for the era).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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