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4/15/2013 6:00:00 AM
Reel Watchers: 42
Morgan Rose Wilson
Kingman resident

At the end of World War II, baseball, like many other aspects of American life, was segregated. While protestors rallied to integrate other institutions, baseball was left to function under its own unspoken code of segregation. That is until the day that Jackie Robinson was signed to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Robinson became the first African American baseball player in the major leagues. Many people, both in and out of baseball, would fight against this change. Jackie, with the help of his family, friends and teammates, would fight back against this intolerance and prejudice and bring the United States one step closer to integration through the use of America's favorite pastime.

"42" is the moving story of Jackie Robinson and the beginning of his major league baseball career. The movie is a well-acted drama which details Jackie Robinson's rise to becoming a baseball legend. The movie contains many moments of laugh out loud comedy. But, most of all, the movie is a heartwarming look at a man's life during a particularly difficult and emotional time.

"42" is a family movie, but young children might find it long and somewhat tedious. This film is about more than baseball. It is a glimpse at life the way it was almost 70 years ago and at the events that changed the way of life for most Americans during that time period and beyond. It is a glimpse of the fight against racism and segregation on an unusual field, the baseball diamond. Baseball fan or not, 42 is a film worth watching, even multiple times. I give 42 three and a half miners out of four.

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