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42

Jackie Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman) was the first colored baseball player to sign with a white team. Named after his jersey number, 42 follows the true story of this history making athlete. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 129
Theater Release: 12 Apr 2013
Video Release: 16 Jul 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

One character says it is easier to break a law and get away with it than it is to break a code, and warns about the danger of ignoring such unwritten laws. What codes or unwritten laws of behavior can you think of? Who enforces them? What are the penalties for breaking them?

Wendell Smith is assigned to work as an advance man for Jackie Robinson. What responsibilities does he have? What role does he play as a chronicler of the baseball player’s life? How does he, and other reporters, use newspapers to promote their own views about Robinson and convince readers to share the writers’ opinions?

How does this movie define a hero? Is there a difference between a hero and a role model? Who serves as role models in this film? How does Pee Wee Reese’s actions toward Jackie challenge the views of the young boy who attends the game with his father? How does Jackie feel about his roles of father and husband?

How does Branch Rickey incorporate his religion into his work life? What expectations does he have for his players and employees? How does Jackie serve as a redemptive opportunity for Branch? Is it fair to ask Jackie to endure what he does so that Branch can feel absolved?

What does it mean when a team retires a player’s number?

Learn more about the real men depicted in this movie:

Jackie Robinson

Branch Rickey

Red Barber

Wendell Smith

Eddie Stanky

Pee Wee Reese

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About the Reviewer: Kerry Bennett

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