The Express

Movie review by James Rocchi, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Inspirational true story tackles race, football.

PG 2008 121 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 16+

Too much cursing

I was shocked this movie had a PG rating. It had many curse words in it, including several instances of profanity with terms of deity. What constitutes PG these days?!? This movie’s bold message would have still come through without the offensive swearing. It’s not advised for children.

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age 10+

A movie about football- and a whole lot more!

When Ernie Davis was a young boy living in Uniontown, Pennsylvania he faced lots of racism. (Even if Jim Crow laws weren't official outside of the Southeast, they were informally observed in certain other parts of the country.) Being forced to run from his white tormentors gave him the idea to play football. Things got better for him when he moved to Elmira, New York, in the western part of the state, at age 10. The great skills that Ernie Davis had led to a scholarship at Syracuse University, and ultimately to being the first black player to ever win a Heisman trophy. Unfortunately, he wasn't allowed at the banquet that was given in his honor because of his race, so most of his teammates wisely boycotted the banquet. (It would be interesting to find out why a few didn't.) After graduation he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns. Unfortunately his health prevented him from ever playing pro football. He died a year after being drafted. Ernie Davis even had it even harder than Jackie Robinson. If you think about it it makes sense. After all, Jackie Robinson never had to play in the Southeast since major league baseball at the time was only in the Midwest and the Northeast. Davis, however, did have to play in the Southeast. A great way to see where we were in race relations in various parts of the country at the time. I'd highly recommend this movie.

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