Box Office Mom: Race

The new movie "Race"... based on the true story of Jesse Owens... hit theaters over the weekend. Our Box Office Mom Jackie Solberg saw it and is here with her review from a parent's perspective.

Rating: 4 and 1/2 out of 5 popcorn buckets

Release Date: February 19, 2016

MPAA Rating: PG13

Best Age Group: 11+

Sexual Content: Mild

Violent/Disturbing Content: Mild

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

Drug and Alcohol Content: Mild

Will Kids/Teens Like It? Yes

 

"Out there, there ain't no black and white," Owens says. "There's only fast and slow." Set in the 1930's in a time of segregation we see the amazing story of a true American athlete…Jesse Owens (Stephan James). Jesse attends Ohio State University where he enrolls to run track, however he is treated as a second class citizen except on the track. With the guidance of his OSU coach, Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis), Jesse sets three world records and tying another in less than an hour at the 1935 Big Ten Track meet. Then he proceeds to win four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. Overcoming racism at home and in Nazi Germany, Owens shows the world that he is truly the worlds fastest human!

 

Talking Points:

 

•   Not only is this an exciting sports drama there is an educational element as well. In a time of segregation and the Hitler regime, we also get a little history lesson which could spark some great parent/child conversations.

•   Jesse and his girlfriend Ruth have a child out of wedlock, they eventually get married.

 

 Sexual Content: Mild

 

•   Jesse has a girlfriend, with whom he has a daughter. However, when he meets a woman at a jazz club, she flirts with him and they end up dancing and kissing. It's implied that they had a sexual encounter, though we don't see anything.

 

Violent/Disturbing Content: Mild

 

•   There are racially motivated threats of violence towards Jesse.

•   When Jesse is upset with his coach he forcefully pushes him as they argue about whether Jesse should go to Germany.

 

Crude or Profane Language: Moderate

 

•    We hear "sh-t," "a--," "h---,"  and "d--n."

 

Drug and Alcohol Content: Moderate

 

•   Throughout the film we see Jesse and other athletes drinking beer while they're training.

•   Jesse's coach, Snyder, frequently drinks alcohol from a flask. We see him drinking whiskey in his office as he argues with Jesse.

 

Will Kid/Teens Like It? Yes

 

•    I interviewed three high school track runners who loved the film. A teen boy said, "Now I'm really motivated for track season."

 

Overall Race is a wonderful inspirational story. Parents need to be aware of the moderate profane language.

Courtesy: Jackie Solberg, www.boxofficemom.com

WZZM 2016


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