By Sabrina McFarland,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Baseball star shares life story in dynamic docu; language.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Breaking glass ceiling barriers. Drive and determination can help one reach a career goal. Mentors as role models can help future generations. Kids and teens can consider MLB careers such as player and team owner.
Positive Role Models
Reggie Jackson is a former baseball outfielder, team executive advisor, and National Baseball Hall of Famer who helped the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics win World Series Championships. Jackson is also instrumental in making baseball a more diverse sport on the field and in team management positions, as well as mentoring aspiring players in underserved communities. Martinez Jackson, who is Reggie's dad, is a tailor shop owner and former Negro league player who supports his son's aspiration to be a baseball player by telling him to be determined and not give up easily. George Steinbrenner, the New York Yankees owner, hires Jackson to join a premier baseball team and values his worth by signing the outfielder to a five-year, $3 million contract, then the largest ever for a player. When Jackson retires from the field, Steinbrenner gives Jackson a team management position as a special advisor for the organization.
Cast images include BIPOC and White kids, teens, young and older adults who include professional baseball players, fans, and the documentary's filmmaking crew. Representations include Reggie Jackson, who identifies as African American, and his father Martinez, who is one-half Puerto Rican and a former Negro league player, a former baseball outfielder, team executive advisor, and National Baseball Hall of Famer. Jackson is also active in making baseball a more diverse sport on the field and in team management. African American woman Alexandria Stapleton is the documentary's director and has produced LGBTQ+ rights projects. Derek Jeter, who identifies as African American and has a Black father and White mother, is a National Baseball Hall of Famer, was a Yankees shortstop, served as the team's captain, and is a former Miami Marlins team CEO.
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Violence & Scariness
References and images include guns, racial hatred crimes, harassment, segregation between BIPOC and Whites, a church bombing, murder of kids, verbal and physical assaults, anger management issues, and depression.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussions and images include male nudity from the waist up, the end of a marriage, and interracial couples.
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Swear words include "ass," "bastard," "damn," "hell," "s--t," "f--k", "f--king," and "pissed." Slurs include the "N" word, "boy," "dummy," "jungle monkey" "racist pigs," and "slave."
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Products & Purchases
Images include apparel with logos and messages, baseball memorabilia, camera equipment, contract negotiations, jewelry, smartphones, compensation for product endorsements, publications, and vintage cars.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Images and references include bootleg whiskey, bottles of champagne, cups of beer, cigars, and cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Reggie is a documentary that chronicles the life of National Baseball Hall of Fame player Reggie Jackson. References and images include guns, racial hatred crimes, male nudity from the waist up, segregation between BIPOC and Whites, a church bombing, murder of kids, physical assaults, depression, bottles of champagne, cups of beer, cigars, and cigarettes. Language includes the swear words "ass," "bastard," "damn," "hell," "s--t," "f--k", "f--king," and "pissed," as well as slur expressions such as the "N" word, "boy," "jungle monkey" "racist pigs," and "slave." Diversity and the importance behind the breaking of glass ceiling barriers in baseball are the documentary's dominant themes.
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What's the Story?
REGGIE is documentary about the legendary baseball outfielder's personal and professional journey. Reggie Jackson rises through the ranks in a sport where a Black player could face opportunities and obstacles. Through firsthand interviews with colleagues, family members, and in Jackson's words, viewers see the player evolve to superstar status on and off the field.
Is It Any Good?
Documentarian Alexandria Stapleton hits a home run with this insightful film about superstar baseball outfielder Reggie Jackson. In Reggie, viewers receive a no-holds-barred perspective that includes the player's passion for the game since childhood. "I was a fan that was a good baseball player," he remembers, "and I sat in the stands when I was a kid."
Jackson faces hurdles upon entering the major leagues in 1967, which includes racism. "You knew you were colored and you knew you were a problem for most White people," he notes. "There was no question that you felt it. There was no question that you went to the ballpark with it every day." But Jackson perseveres because "what I wanted to do," he confidently says, "is fulfill a talent of the guy that I looked in the mirror at every day."
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the teamwork of the cast in Reggie. How do they also demonstrate communication, courage, and perseverance? Why are these important character strengths?
What do you think about the efforts by Reggie Jackson to make baseball a more diverse sport for players and team managers and owners? What are the possible benefits of inclusiveness?
In 1977, Jackson is signed to a 5-year contract to play for the New York Yankees for a reported $3 million dollars. What do think about the high salaries awarded to sports figures? Are players worth it? Why or why not?
Jackson has the opportunity to meet and speak with his baseball heroes that include Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron. Who are your heroes and what possible questions would you ask them?
- On DVD or streaming: March 24, 2023
- Cast: Reggie Jackson, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter
- Director: Alexandria Stapleton
- Inclusion Information: Black actors
- Studio: Amazon Studios
- Genre: Documentary
- Topics: Activism, Sports and Martial Arts, History
- Character Strengths: Communication, Courage, Perseverance, Teamwork
- Run time: 104 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: strong language including racial slurs
- Award: Common Sense Selection
- Last updated: May 8, 2023
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