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Overall A-

The color of football changed forever after Ernie Davis (played by Rob Brown) began playing for Syracuse University. Based on a true story, The Express follows the challenges faced by the skilled athlete and his coach (Dennis Quaid) that eventually led to him becoming the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Violence C+
Sexual Content B-
Profanity C+
Substance Use B-

Why is The Express rated PG?

Official MPAA Rating: The Express is rated PG for for thematic content, violence and language involving racism, and for brief sensuality.

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Football isn’t always friendly, as some of Coach Schwartzwalder’s players soon discover when his rigorous regime causes a few of them to vomit. During games in hostile stadiums, his players are pelted with racial slurs and garbage along with hard-hitting tackles. As well, a mid-game melee breaks out after referees refuse to call unnecessary roughness on the opposing team who intentionally inflict cheap shots on the Black halfback. The coach also cautions Ernie against an interracial relationship and a brief scene shows a man beginning to undress a woman. With only a couple of scenes of alcohol use, the film’s other content concerns include the use of scatological slang, profanities, racial slurs and threats made to players as well as a young boy.

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