Radio
PG
Entertainment: +2
Acceptability: +1 1/2

James Robert Kennedy, a.k.a. Radio (Cuba Gooding Jr.), is a mentally challenged teenager who lives with his mother in a small South Carolina town. Radio, so named for his love for music and vintage radios, is the school laughing stock and spends much of his time simply walking back and forth through the town while his mother works at the local hospital. Harold Jones (Ed Harris), the towns respected high-school football coach, begins to take an interest in Radio, who responds slowly, being extremely introverted. Coach Jones takes Radio under his wing and, as the months go by, a warm friendship develops between the two. The coachs life takes an ironic turn and is deeply changed following a tragic incident in Radios life. Through some deeply heart-stirring scenes, joyful events and delightfully funny moments, the small town, Coach Jones and Radio form a life-long bond that remains to this day.

Based on a true story, this is an inspiring picture of a life lived to do good for others and on the difference that one person can make. Unlike the many people who go about their daily lives without helping those around them that are lonely, poor or have broken spirits, he notices someone whos a bit out of place and has a need. He sacrifices his time, his energy and his resources to give to a young man who could never return the favor. But, ironically, Coach Jones finds that he has a need of his own as his heart is changed from the inside out. He realizes the joy of sacrificially giving and putting anothers needs ahead of his own. The film contains some bad language, but its used in a comical context. Besides this, the film is remarkably motivational, ranking up there with movies such as Rudy and Remember the Titans. The PG rating is appropriate, and parents who can put up with the language should feel fine letting their children see this one.

Preview Reviewer: Troy Dandrea
Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Summary
Crude Language: Mild: Several (7)
Obscene Language: Many (S-word 13)
Profanity: Regular: Few (2)
Violence: Many times mild (football tackling scenes); moderate (young man tied up with tape around his wrists and ankles to scare him; someone pushed against a wall threateningly)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: None
Other: None
Running Time: 109 minutes.
Intended Audience: Adolescents and Adults

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