Family Film Guide: '42: The Jackie Robinson Story'

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'42: The Jackie Robinson Story'

Rated: PG-13.

Suitable for: Children roughly 9 and up.

What you should know: This is a respectful retelling of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier in 1947. Chadwick Boseman plays the African-American trailblazer, and Harrison Ford is Branch Rickey, president and general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. The movie is 125 minutes long.

Language: In addition to the N-word along with offensive terms for a Jewish man and an Italian, it contains a half-dozen instances of profanity and a dozen-plus uses of what are mainly four-letter curses plus a handful of references to S.O.B.

Sexual situations and nudity: Embraces or kisses by a married couple and brief shots of another couple in bed.

Violence/scary situations: Robinson is hit in the head with a pitch, injured when an opponent seems to purposely spike him in the back of the leg, hurried out of town to avoid an unseen angry mob and subjected to insults, racial slurs and written death threats to him, his wife and their baby son.

Alcohol and drug use: A few characters are seen clutching beer bottles.

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