A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Creating second-chance opportunities in the lives of others. Teens can consider careers such as baseball team owner, sports journalist, and stadium organist.
Positive Role Models
Minor league baseball team owner Mike Veeck (son of Bill Veeck, owner of Chicago White Sox and a Baseball Hall of Famer) is also a dad who helps his visually impaired daughter and brings about second-chance opportunities for others. Ila Borders is a baseball pitcher who becomes the first woman to make the roster of a men's professional baseball team and speaks with others about the challenges of being a female player. Neal Karlen is a writer and book author who shares his expertise about the history of the baseball dynasty created by the Veecks.
BIPOC and White kids, teens, and young and older adults, including a baseball team owner, a woman baseball pitcher, and a blind sports announcer. Representations include Sister Rosalind Gefre, a White nun who gives massages to customers at the baseball stadium as part of the team's marketing campaign to attract more visitors; Darryl Strawberry, an African American man who is a baseball right fielder and helps win championships for his teams that include the New York Mets and New York Yankees; and Dave Stevens, who is White and also a congenital amputee, Emmy-winning TV producer, and sports journalist.
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Violence & Scariness
Death of a kid and parent, a child's gradual loss of eyesight, seizure, loss of memory and cognitive functions, allegations of racism and homophobia, use of a person's head to break an album record into pieces, people illegally climbing into a baseball stadium, people trespassing on a baseball playing field and riot squad police officers forcibly removing individuals, destruction and thief of baseball property, divorce and the lost custody of a kid, and criminal charges.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Scantily clad men and women, courtship, marriages and parenthood. A naked man in a bathtub covered with water and soap bubbles.
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Frequent use of "a--hole," "bulls--t," "damn," "f--k," "hell," and "s--tty," and slur terms "jerk," "stupid," and "you suck."
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Products & Purchases
Borrowing cash to buy a baseball team. Marketing promotions to attract people to ball games. Apparel with logos and messages, gambling, bobblehead dolls, baseball contracts, desktop computers, and mobile car phones.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Glasses and cans of beer, bottles of champagne and wine, cocktails, bars, cigars, cigarettes, Valium, alcoholism, and driving under the influence.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Saint of Second Chances is a documentary about the Veeck family, the owners of baseball teams. References and images include the death of a kid and parent, a child's gradual loss of eyesight, loss of memory and cognitive functions, allegations of racism and homophobia, people trespassing on a baseball playing field and riot squad police officers forcibly removing individuals, destruction and theft of baseball property, divorce and the lost custody of a kid, scantily clad men and women, glasses and cans of beer, bottles of champagne and wine, cocktails, bars, cigars, cigarettes, Valium, alcoholism, and driving under the influence. Language includes frequent use of "a--hole," "bulls--t," "damn," "f--k," "hell," and "s--tty," and the slur terms "jerk," "stupid," and "you suck." Being able to create second-chance opportunities in the lives of others is the documentary's main theme. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Viewers will be sure to root for this well-crafted sports cinema tale about redemption and the importance of family. The Saint of Second Chances offers an insightful look at Bill Veeck, owner of the Chicago White Sox, and his son Mike, who helps his dad bring fun to the game and pull in profits. Mike invents gimmicky acts to attract visitors to the stadium, such as belly dancers, the creation of ballpark luxury suites, and an exploding scoreboard with light, and declares it all as "street theater wrapped around a ballgame." He also initially struggles to be a good son in the shadow of a famous parent.
Mike's missteps may have earned him a reputation as a one-hit wonder, but he's determined it won't be the only aspect of his legacy. During his second marriage, Mike, who also becomes a baseball owner, has a visually impaired daughter named Rebecca and dearly loves her. "When I was eight and a half, I went to Comiskey Park and I was holding hands with my father, and somebody told me that my dad ran the Chicago White Sox," recalls Mike. "And I thought that was so cool that he had this playground where guys played baseball. But mostly now what I remember is holding his hand."
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