Language: “42” is set in the mid-1940s, a difficult time for race relations in America. The N-word is used often, frequently yelled in scenes where Jackie Robinson is on the field. Other objectionable language is limited.
Violence: Some players were very angry that Robinson was in the major leagues and tried to get him out of games by throwing at him and spiking him. There are threats to his life, both verbal and written. Some teammates also get angry, and a fight nearly breaks out.
Message: The PG-13 rating is appropriate for this film. Not only is it a great baseball movie, it’s also a reminder to never return to those days. Other messages include working hard and standing for something you know is right even when others disagree with you.
Shawn O'Neill is the Family Man Movie Reviewer. You can see his reviews at http://familymanmovieblog.blogspot.com/.
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