A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's OK to have big dreams. Kids may consider professional football and the sport's related occupations as career choices. Care for others in need.
Positive Role Models
Colin Kaepernick, a National Football League quarterback and civil rights activist, also brings awareness to Camp Taylor, a charity that offers programs for kids and families of children with heart disease. Hue Jackson, an NFL coach, was named the 15th Black head coach in the league's history and notices the performance of football player Kaepernick. Jim Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers NFL coach, mentors teammate Kaepernick. Pam Oliver and Steve Wyche are sports journalists who report about Kaepernick. April Dinwoodie is a transracial child adoption expert who speaks about Kaepernick growing up as a biracial kid in a White family. Nate Boyer is a Green Beret veteran who Kaepernick says helped come up with the idea of taking a knee instead of sitting during the singing of the U.S. national anthem.
BIPOC and White kids, as well as young and older adults who work in a variety of occupations such as the National Football League, journalism, and teaching.
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Violence & Scariness
Images and references include guns, blood, dead bodies, murder of unarmed African Americans by police officers, death of parent and siblings, protestors carrying fire torches and Confederate flags, cross burnings by Ku Klux Klan participants, apparel and effigy burnings, dogs attacking people, football game tackles among players, and statues defaced by protestors.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Images include side view nudity of male facedown for a photography shoot, and male nudity from the waist up.
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Swear words include "bulls--t," "damn," "f--k," "f--kng," "motherf--ker," "son of a bitch," and "s--t." Slur words and phrases include "get out of my country," "dumb jock," "idiot," "ISIS guy," "Jew fro," "low-level piece of crap," and "terrorist beard and skin."
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Products & Purchases
References and images include social media and GoFundMe posts, apparel with logos and messages, smartphones, laptops, headphones, cameras, tattoos, publications, signature food dishes, sports cars, and ad signs.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Images include cans of beer and cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kaepernick & America is a documentary about the young life and career of the National Football League quarterback and his experiences with racism in the United States. Images and references include guns, blood, dead bodies, murder of unarmed African Americans by police officers, death of parent and siblings, side view nudity of a male facedown for a photography shoot, protestors carrying fire torches and Confederate flags, cross burnings by Ku Klux Klan participants, apparel and effigy burnings, cans of beer, and cigarette smoking. Swear words include "bulls--t," "damn" "f--k," "f--king," "motherf--ker," "son of a bitch," and "s--t." Slur words and phrases include "get out of my country," "dumb jock," "idiot," "ISIS guy," "Jew fro," and "terrorist beard and skin." The documentary's positive themes include that it's OK to have big dreams and it's important to care for those in need. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With this juxtaposed lens of a beloved biracial NFL quarterback and the conflicting culture in the country where he plays, this film doesn't fumble. Kaepernick & America kicks off with the backstory of the football star's ancestry as a transracial adopted kid. "As a child," says Kaepernick, "I would draw family pictures in kindergarten fully aware of the fact that I had to switch the color of the crayons when it came time to draw my skin and my hair." But in fourth grade, Kaepernick confidently writes a letter about the big dreams of going "to a good college in football…then go to the pros," and even cites the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers as his teams of choice.
"The idea of finding your true identity based on being biracial in this country is so challenging because you know that people are clocking and watching you and holding you to a higher and different standard than some of your other white peers and colleagues…and you better be the best or else," notes April Dinwoodie, a transracial adoption expert. During his professional career, Kaepernick is vilified for his stand to support the civil rights of racially-oppressed people through his taking a knee gesture during NFL games. "We have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with," says the football star, and Kaepernick & America flawlessly scores a touchdown with its perceptive play.
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