Why is 42 rated PG-13?
Official MPAA Rating: 42 is rated PG-13 for for thematic elements including language.
Violence: Black characters are bullied and discriminated against throughout the film. A man is intentionally hit in the head with a baseball bat and slashed on the leg with cleats. Characters receive threatening letters and hate mail. A group of men’s verbal argument escalates into pushing and shoving.
Sexual Content: A couple, engaged in an adulterous relationship, is shown in bed together. A man makes crude and offensive comments about sexual activity to another character. Brief kissing and embracing are portrayed along with brief and mild sexual references.
Language: The script includes numerous racial slurs in a historical setting, as well as some scatological slang, terms of deity and mild and moderate profanities.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A character is frequently shown smoking a cigar. A man holds a pipe in his hand. Several secondary characters are shown with alcohol.