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Family Movie Review: 42 (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13        Length: 138 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 13+. A story about Jackie Robinson will be quite thoroughly imbued with discussions of race and instances of racism, of course, so the film includes some bullying and fighting, as well as ethnic slurs and cursing. There is also some kissing and tobacco use.

’42,’ the first major film about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, of course looks at the pervasive, ugly racism that defined not only professional baseball but the United States as a whole back in the 1940s. It’s important in that way all biopics are, but the film suffers from a limited perspective that doesn’t do enough to demonstrate who Robinson really was.

By Roxana Hadadi

Chadwick Boseman, who plays Jackie Robinson in “42,” the first biopic about the color barrier-breaking baseball player, hasn’t been in much—a few canceled TV shows, a few guest spots. But his strong performance in “42” should be a breakout, a compelling turn that will effectively affect the audience. In a film that sometimes feels dragged down by a coincidentally timed narrative, Boseman never falls flat. That same praise can’t be applied for the rest of the movie, though.

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