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Eight Men Out Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

A treat for baseball fans but might bore others.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids will see some idolized baseball players smoke, gamble, and ultimately purposefully lose a game to line their own pockets. This historical piece is a treat for baseball aficionados, but others may lack the stamina for the plodding examination of responsibility and betrayal.

  • Families can talk about the limitations of historical dramas. Do the characters act like and say the exact words that the real people they portray did? How can films slant a story? Were the players who threw the game portrayed sympathetically? What about the owner?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Nearly everyone gambles and the players throw the Series for a payoff. The movie reflects the racial segregation of its day.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not an issue

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: The f-word and other milder curses are used. One player uses a rude hand gesture.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Players idolized by the kids smoke.