A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
Themes include humility, integrity, and perseverance.
Positive Role Models
Lou is a great role model for his commitment to his work, humility, and honesty. There are some pranks, though. Lou accidentally breaks a shop window playing t-ball. He lies to his mom about playing baseball and attempts to lie to his wife about his health. Several Yankees play poker.
Violence & Scariness
There's a lot of general rough-housing among the Yankees, involving shoving, pushing, and hitting. Lou attacks a fraternity brother who pulls a prank on him. Lou is hit on the head with a baseball during a game. Later, a Yankee punches out another.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lou and Eleanor kiss a few times, playfully wrestle with each other, and there's one mention of "making love."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several men drink beer, but no one drinks to excess. One man jokes that he'll "go away and drink himself to death." Another man mentions an opium pipe.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Pride of the Yankees is about baseball legend Lou Gehrig, a role model for his humility and work ethic. It's free of extreme violence or sexual references. Young kids may be disturbed by Gehrig's illness and the talk of death, however, and it may be too emotionally intense for them. There are bouts of mild violence, including Gehrig getting hit on the head with a baseball and getting into a fight with a man who's trying to humiliate him. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The story is well known by most baseball fans, but it's Cooper's compelling performance that makes the film memorable. Even viewers who aren't baseball fans will be wiping away tears in the final scenes. And for baseball fans, there's plenty of action on the diamond, recreating famous plays. Babe Ruth himself cameos in the film, playing the perfect bombastic foil to Cooper's shy and dignified Gehrig. There's a reason these men are legends.
What's so refreshing about The Pride of the Yankees is that Gehrig is a man to be idolized who is also a good boy -- a mama's boy, even -- a sweet man who, as reporter Sam Blake (Walter Brennan) says, "does his job and nothing else. He gets a lot of fun out of it and 50 million people get a lot of fun out of him, watching him do something better than anyone else ever did it before." In other words, this is a sports star we can be proud to have our kids emulate.
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