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'42' is a dull treatment of Jackie Robinson's story

'42' emphasizes Robinson's ordeal in baseball to the exclusion of everything else in his life.

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Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson (l.) and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey in a scene from '42.'

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Jackie Robinson’s trailblazing entry into Major League Baseball is given the full halo treatment in writer-director Brian Helgeland’s “42.”

Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) stoically suffers the slings and arrows of the most noxious racism as he breaks baseball’s color line with the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey is played by Harrison Ford in a shamelessly cornball, scenery-chewing old-coot performance.

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The filmmaking is TV-movie-of-the-week dull and Robinson’s ordeal is hammered home to the exclusion of virtually everything else in his life.

Grade: C- (Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including language.)