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(2013) (Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford) (PG-13)

Alcohol/Drugs Mild
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Mild
Gun/Weapons Minor
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Mild
Music (Scary/Tense) Minor
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity Moderate
Sex/Nudity Moderate
Smoking Moderate
Tense Family Scenes Mild
Topics to Talk About Extreme
Violence Moderate

Drama: A 26-year-old becomes the first black man in major league baseball and must contend with the racial and societal repercussions from that.
It's 1945 and Brooklyn Dodgers president and general manager Branch Rickey (HARRISON FORD) has come up with what most would consider a radical idea. And that's to be the first major league baseball team to integrate a black player into its organization.

He's set his sights on Jackie Robinson (CHADWICK BOSEMAN), a 26-year-old ballplayer in the Negro leagues playing for the Kansas City Monarchs. Branch has selected him not because he's the best player, but because he believes Jackie can withstand the racial hatred that will come his way. Not known for keeping his mouth shut when it comes to such matters, Jackie agrees to the offer, something that concerns his new bride, Rachel (NICOLE BEHARIE), who's from California and never experienced the segregated South.

Jackie initially plays for the Dodgers' AAA farm team, the Montreal Royals, and his arrival there is covered by Wendell Smith (ANDRE HOLLAND), a sportswriter for the Pittsburg Courier. As a fellow black man who can't sit in the press box due to the color of his skin, he tries to prepare Jackie for the questions, abuse and even threats that will come his way.

But Jackie prevails and impresses everyone enough for Branch to bring him up to the big leagues, entrusting manager Leo Durocher (CHRISTOPHER MELONI) to make Jackie's white teammates, such as Dixie Walker (RYAN MERRIMAN) and Pee Wee Reese (LUCAS BLACK) among others, to accept him.

While that has mixed results, Jackie must contend with racism that follows him everywhere he and the team go, be that at hotels that will no longer lodge the players due to his presence; white fans at ball games who boo him; and even Philadelphia Phillies manager Ben Chapman (ALAN TUDYK) who repeatedly slings racial epithets at Jackie while at bat. Biting his tongue and letting his actions on the field speak for him, Jackie perseveres in his first season, a pivotal one for him, baseball and the country.

They might if they're into baseball movies, the history behind this story and/or anyone in the cast.
For thematic elements including language.

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