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A story inspired by events in the life of "Radio," about the mentoring relationship between a high school football coach and Radio, a mentally challenged man who changed their lives and transformed a small South Carolina town.
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Review Good "Now if the movie's story sounds too good to be true, that's
probably how you'll find it. There is no cynicism in Radio, no angle or
edge. It's about what it's about, with an open, warm and fond nature. Every once
in a while human nature expresses itself in a way we can feel good about, and
this is one of those times.''
Review Average "It feels as if the filmmakers wanted so much to beatify
Radio that they created only the barest of conflict and avoided problems that
may have plagued the real guy. Though probably well-intentioned, Radio
comes off as manipulative of its audience and exploitative of the mentally
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Review Average "The heart-warming drama about mentally handicapped
individuals who change the way 'normal' people think is its own genre, and this
film doesn't mess with the formula.''
Review Below Average "Radio, the movie, is about as bogus an
exercise in audience manipulation as you are likely to see this year."
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
INCREDIBLE OPINIONS! EVERYBODY LOVED RADIO! Go See It!
Only a handful of movies a year will receive moviegoer opinions this high. Radio will almost certainly be a top ten moviegoer favorite of 2003.
Good thing you don't have to rely on the opinions of professional movie critics. Most rated it only average and even below average. Only Roger Ebert rated it good.
Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
A wonderful movie the whole family will absolutely love! It's a very funny and very entertaining story with lots of feel-good moments. It's also very emotional in a few scenes so you ladies will want to bring a tissue.
This is truly a movie for the whole family. Both my thirteen-year-old granddaughter and my fourteen-year-old grandson LOVED Radio. This is a movie NOT TO BE MISSED! GO SEE RADIO!
James Robert Kennedy
(Cuba Gooding, Jr.) -- nicknamed ‘Radio' because of his vintage radio
collection and his love of music -- is a loner in Anderson, South Carolina,
pushing his ever-present grocery cart up and down the streets. He speaks to no
one and is rarely spoken to, until one day, Coach Harold Jones (Ed Harris), one
of the town's most respected men, and coach of the popular high school
football team, befriends him.
Radio is suspicious at
first. But Coach Jones is persistent, even enlisting the help of Radio's
mother (S. Epatha Merkerson). Jones' friends and family are taken aback as
well since, until he met Radio, all his energies were poured exclusively into
Slowly, Coach Jones
earns Radio's trust and opens up a new world to him. He invites Radio to help
out at football practice and during games and to sit in on his classes at
school, despite the initial misgivings of Principal Daniels (Alfre Woodard). He
also champions him to the football players, the students and faculty. Coach
Jones' life is also enriched by Radio, from whom he learns to value friendship
and family ties as much as he does coaching football.
Still, there are those
in town who believe that Coach Jones' devotion to the young man is distracting
him from his duties as head coach of the football team. There are several
attempts to have Radio barred from the classroom and, after his mother's
untimely death, remanded to a mental-health facility.
Coach Jones valiantly
fights off these efforts, but he is finally forced to make a difficult decision,
which will impact both his growing friendship with Radio and his career as a