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In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball's notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team. The heroic act puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press and other players. Facing open racism from all sides, Robinson demonstrates true courage and admirable restraint by not reacting in kind and lets his undeniable talent silence the critics for him.



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  • 4 of 10 Profanity

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  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    42 is a thought provoking, real life look at our society past and present, a true triumph and a lesson for all. 42 is historically accurate and well produced. It captures the essence of the time period in a way that causes the audience to seriously question our history and ourselves. The audience was totally engaged in the movie by cheering, booing, and even laughing. I believe this will ultimately help people question their own ideas of race in our communities. There is one poignant moment for me that tells the story so well and at the same time captures the growing shift of acceptance and equality of the time period (and should even today). The scene was of a young boy who questions himself and his own beliefs when his hero Pee Wee Reece takes a stand against racism. Powerful indeed. Be prepared for countless racial slurs. Which I believe tell the true story of the time. The story needed to be told that way it happened. I'm taking my teenage kids to see it this weekend. What an awesome story and better lesson for us all. Jackie Robinson is a true hero.

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  • (Male)

    ages 11+ | Worth Your Time

    I watched this film on an airplane, so some of the more harsh words were edited out. Even so, if the words were kept in the movie I think it would be safe for a relatively young audience. There was very little violence and no sexual content.

    The movie itself is interesting, I think, for an entire family and tells a good story about racism and civil rights in the USA. Harrison Ford is surprisingly weak in his role, but all other actors ( especially Chadwick Boseman - who plays Jackie Robinson ) do well. Overall I would definitely recommend this movie to families and to anyone interested in either baseball or the challenges faced by minorities in the past.

     3 Thanks ·
  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    So I saw...42
    The first thing that came to my mind when watching this film is the palette it has. By that I mean that this film is amazingly sharp and colorful in a rich earthy way. It makes the film draw the viewer in even more than any other film. The second thing to discuss in this film are the performances given by Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, who are the big carriers of this film. While the film might sugarcoat what Jackie Robinson actually went through during his first season in the majors it is excellent in telling the story and the people in it. A winner all around.

     2 Thanks ·
  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    This is one of the best sports movies, and movies for that matter, that I have ever seen. Chadwick Boseman does a phenomenal job at playing Robinson and although I'm sure Robinson wasn't quite as perfect as the film made him out to be, I have a lot of respect for him because of the things he went through.

    This movie hit the emotions hard. It will make you angry, keep you interested, make you laugh, and make you feel great to see what Jackie Robinson accomplished during his career and as a man, husband, father, etc.

    This movie portrays Jackie Robinson as a true role model. Awesome flick for teens and adults to see. Be cautious, the racial slurs come out of people's mouths in large quantities in this film.

    This is a powerful and touching movie.

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  • (Male)

    ages 11+ | Worth Your Time

    Fabulous movie. When I first saw a preview for this movie, I thought to myself: How is it that this story has never been put on film? It is a great story. I think every American should see it. Among other things, it reminds us of the power of private citizens to change things for good. On a sentimental level, it also reminds us of how important baseball has been to this country. Beyond the story, the acting was superb. Harrison Ford did very well in his first "old guy" role. Chadwick Boseman was wonderful. As for content, while there is some swearing in the movie, the main things to be aware of are the many racial slurs throughout. There is no way to really tell this story without that, and it is a reminder of what we have been through as a nation and how far we have come. I am anxious to see it again.

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  • (Male)

    ages 16+ | Worth Your Time

    Great film! Speaks to history very well and really makes you grateful for how far we have come as a nation. Has some strong racial language, but other than that, its great!

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  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie was incredibly moving. It truly does touch on the emotions and makes you wonder what you would have done if placed in that time period. If you haven't seen it yet, go watch it.

    I do think that many things throughout this movie were kind of sugar coated and at times cheesy, but I didn't find that overdone. There is a lot of racism including actions and language throughout, but it was in line with the time period and the point that was trying to be proven.

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  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    It was perfect. 10 out of 10.

     1 Thank ·
  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 12+ |

    This is a great film on many levels. But mostly because of the wonderful message it gives to the audience. If you want to show your kids a little of what it is like to be called names and outcast for no good reason. This is the film to show them.

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  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 14+ |

    “42” digs into many of the stereotypes of baseball from 60-plus years ago and zeroes in on the ugliest of them – racism.

    Jackie Robinson had to be a very strong man to endure what was portrayed in the movie. It’s like being the kid who goes to a new school halfway into the school year, with everybody already having friends and not needing any more. Except in “42,” which is 1,000 times worse. Everybody hates you and nobody wants you to be there. They make that perfectly clear with the crude language and name-calling.

    Chadwick Boseman was very strong in his portrayal of Jackie – stone-faced or smiling as the scene required. Harrison Ford played Branch Rickey as a crusty, savvy, even manipulative baseball executive.

    Philadelphia Phillies manager Ben Chapman, played by Alan Tudyk, made me angry with the slurs and trash-talking he threw Jackie’s way during the game. I was uncomfortable hearing all the garbage, but not nearly as uncomfortable as Jackie undoubtedly felt.

    While the story of “42” is enlightening and ultimately uplifting, getting there involved hearing a lot of language that isn’t fun to listen to. Unfortunately, that’s the way life was and may still be to some extent. It’s an ugly history that can be overcome by strong, principled people, a message that “42” delivered like a line shot into the outfield gap.

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  • (Female)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    42 brilliantly tells the story of a milestone in civil rights history! my favorite part was the balance of political and personal struggle portrayed. While you understood the social significance of Jackie Robinson becoming the first black professional baseball player, the focus was on his personal struggle and how rose above the intolerance that prevailed at the time. i particularly loved the way the story portrayed his relationship with his wife and how that gave him the strength to do the things he did. overall, it is TOTALLY worth you time, my only reservation is prejudicial language used may be a little much for children under 10.

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  • No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Great baseball movie about our country's past and its struggles with race relations. Great tear jerking scenes that gave me a lump in my throat. You will have to see the movie to know the feeling. Dodgers manager Branch Rickey is played brilliantly by Harrison Ford in his first career sports role. Loved this movie and will own the DVD/Ultraviolet soon I hope.

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  • (Female)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    I really enjoyed this movie. I think the acting is great and the way the story is told is really engaging. If you are looking for a feel good movie with a inspiring message, this is it.

  • (Male)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    The fact that Harrison Ford didn't get an Oscar for his performance is a tragedy, not like Pearl Harbor tragedy, but pretty stinking bad. This movie should be shown in school as an educational film. Some people may not like it because it does address issues with violent offensive language and does have one of the "good guys" shown as an adulator. That being said, history isn't all the Cleavers and fairy farts, and should be told accurately.

  • (Female)

    ages 10+ | Worth Your Time

    My family really enjoyed this movie. The acting was good, the plot was believable (and relatively true to life), but my 9 year-old enjoyed it less than the rest of us--I think he's still a little more into the younger "less think" types of movies, which is why I gave it a 10 yr+ rating. There were countless racial slurs--but that was how life was, and so it should be shown as it really was. The scene with a little boy watching his hero Pee Wee Reece take a stand with Robinson was FANTASTIC. I have always known about Jackie Robinson, but seeing his story really brought home to me--pun intended--his greatness.

  • (Male) Deseret News Critic

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    In recent years, sports movies have not only highlighted a great feat or athletic accomplishment, they have also been set during a time when something is happening in society. For example, "Glory Road" was about Texas Western starting five African-Americas in the national championship basketball game, which opened new doors for black athletes in college basketball. "The Express" was about Ernie Banks, a black running back at Syracuse University, who endured similar challenges before going on to win the Heisman Trophy. "Remember the Titans" featured the true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

    "42" - the story of Jackie Robinson becoming the first black major league baseball player with the Brooklyn Dodgers - is along those lines, and that makes it a more intriguing story. Not only was he a great athlete and ball player, but it's incredible to get a small taste of what he endured along the way.

    As a sports fan, I liked this movie. I also liked the theme and lessons taught. I cringed at some of the brutal verbal abuse Robinson took from from crowds, coaches and players, but it's real. I think a movie like this creates an opportunity for families to have a discussion about history and how people should be treated. So I recommend this for teens and parents. It may be too much for little kids.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Engaging if you're in the mood for a serious movie.

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Liked this movie quite a bit. It wasn't as gritty as I was expecting, but the drama was still there. Harrison Ford did a fantastic job...was really impressed with his performance. Definitely recommend.

  • ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    This movie really takes you back to what time and experience would have been for Jackie Robinson and so many others during that period in our history. The hardest thing to stomach in this film is the verbal abuse that Jackie receives. It is a very well done film and very inspiring. Not your typical sports film.

  • clearplay.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Well acted, well directed, with a screenplay that’s intelligent, 42 does a great job recreating the intimidating, intolerant world of the late 1940s. The film stands in the upper echelon of sports movies, as tall as Robinson stands as an American hero.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Good overall movie, it may take a bit of explaining to younger children because hopefully the worlds view on these type of race issues has changed so much since this.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Excellent movie! Acting was great and the story was very well put together. Not one for kids though, has some language and its pretty intense. Overall amazing movie!

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    My first thought when I left the theatre today was, I just saw the first Best Picture Nominee of 2013. On Jackie Robinson Day I went to see 42. 42 tells the story of Jackie Robinson as the first black player in professional baseball.

    I wasn’t alive for the days of segregation, but seeing it portrayed so well was inspiring and heartbreaking. It makes it real for a generation that was lucky enough to never experienced racism of this degree.

    Read More... www.tinyurl.com/42Review

  • kidstvmovies.about.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Written and directed by Brian Helgeland, 42 marks the first film of 2013 that had the majority of the preview audience clapping as the credits rolled (and not in celebration that it finally ended). And while it does play a little too sweet at times, overall 42's a compelling, uplifting story about two men who deserve to be remembered... <a href="http://movies.about.com/od/42/fr/42-review.htm" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ |

    good film

  • (Male)

    ages 12+ | Worth Your Time

    Simply amazing, and I'm not even a big baseball fan.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    Incredible movie and very inspiring.

  • (Female)

    ages 8+ | Worth Your Time

    Excellent. Good historical narrative, but a bit watered down from what I am sure the reality was; I rated it as 8 years plus because I think it is a good starting point for a narrative to talk with our kids about equality in all forms, not just race. There is language and a a plethora of racial slurs - so be prepared for that; but again, I am sure it is profoundly softened to what the true portrayal of history would be...

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    Great movie, amazing actors and such a good movie to take your teenage kids to so they can actually get a idea of what the world was like back then. And how hard it was for this type of historic breakthrough to happen.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    42 is probably one of the best films I've seen in a long time. The acting was superb, the pace was great, and the screenplay had me from the very beginning.

    Harrison Ford is a great actor- but he's never been better than he was in this role. He wasn't Harrison Ford- at least not the one we're all familiar with. He WAS Branch Rickey. His voice, pace, tone, etc. were not your normal Harrison Ford. He was incredible!

    The rest of the cast was amazing. Great acting, evocative performances, etc.

    I found myself not wanting the movie to end. All movies based on true stories play out without a lot of surprises. But, though there were no surprises, I was gripped from the very beginning.

    I recommend this for most all ages (excluding perhaps really young children). A classy film about a classy athlete and some pretty classy folks in general.

  • (Male)

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    I didn't like

  • (Male)

    ages 14+ | Worth Your Time

    42 is actually an inspiring movie. I thought the old Jackie Robinson movie was made in black and white was good, but 42 is ten times better than that.

  • (Male)

    ages 13+ | Worth Your Time

    I thought this film was truly entertaining. Nothing wrong with the film except for the N word. But this also brought a historical truth to the 40's/50's. great film I would recomend seeing it.

  • Parents Television Council

    ages 16+ | Not Worth Your Time

    42 is both a magnificent drama and a powerful lesson in history, with potent depictions of the racism African-Americans faced, and how it began to be overcome. 42 is a deeply inspiring film with an important message; but due to the film’s language, parents should be aware that it is not recommended for viewers under age 16... <a href="http://w2.parentstv.org/Main/News/Detail.aspx?docID=2778" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • Dove Foundation

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    Unfortunately, four strong uses of "GD" prevent us from being able to award this film the Dove "Family-Approved" Seal. It is a shame that language spoils what otherwise is a fine movie... <a href="http://www.dove.org/reviewpopup.asp?Unique_ID=9856" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    Mature 18+ | Worth Your Time

    To paraphrase the title of an earlier movie about the national pastime, hate strikes out in the historical drama "42" (Warner Bros.). Writer-director Brian Helgeland's uplifting -- if sometimes heavy-handed -- film recounts the 1947 reintegration of professional baseball after decades of segregated play... <a href="http://www.catholicnews.com/data/movies/13mv042.htm" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male) Michael Medved Show

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    The movie is inspiring but honest, showing that even his fellow Brooklyn Dodgers had a tough time coming to terms with Robinson's presence on the team... <a href="http://www.michaelmedved.com/movie-review/42-2/" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • MovieGuide.org

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Jackie Robinson, in 1947. 42 is an inspirational, superb movie showing how the Christian faith of both Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson helped change society... <a href="http://www.movieguide.org/reviews/42.html" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • ParentPreviews.com

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Director and screenwriter Brian Helgeland hits one out of the ballpark with his movie 42. The tale of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson scores across the bases with strong messages and stellar performances by an impressive cast... <a href="http://parentpreviews.com/movie-reviews/review/forty-two#primary" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male) Movie Nation

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Earnest, righteous, historically accurate and often entertaining, writer-director Brian Helgeland’s ”42″ is pretty much all you could hope for in a Jackie Robinson film biography... <a href="http://rogersmovienation.com/2013/04/10/movie-review-history-is-made-by-the-man-who-wore-42/" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    It takes a particularly ham-fisted filmmaker to transform the fascinating and historically significant story of Jackie Robinson something as formulaic as '42.'... <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/04/11/42-review/2024949/" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male) Entertainment Weekly

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    42 is a rousing tribute to how impossible, and therefore heroic, a stance that was... <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20658060,00.html" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>


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