Special guest reviewer: Mr. Smiley!
Mr. Smiley's rating:
Like humping Snuggles, the fabric softener bear!
This is the feel good hit of the fall. No wait: It's the feel good hit of the year! No, it's the feel good hit of the new millennium! Wait, I'd say it's the feel good hit of all-time!! Ever! Yay!
This film made me feel so good that I cried and cried and cried. Emotion poured out of me like rain down a gutter on a really rainy day. The story is about a football coach named Harold Jones (Ed Harris) who befriends a mentally challenged young black man named James Robert Kennedy (Cuba Gooding Jr.). However, everyone calls James "Radio" because he loves radios.
Not only does Coach Jones learn to love Radio, but the entire town learns to love Radio. Well, except for one guy, but that guy gets his comeuppance at the end, when even he learns that love is good and selfishness is bad -- and that made me smile so much.
See, at first, Radio can hardly talk. He just pushes a shopping cart around the town, but then Coach Jones sees that Radio needs a friend and he becomes his friend and Radio blossoms into a nearly fully functional regular person. He works with the football team and the basketball team and everybody loves him. My favorite scene in the whole movie was when the one kid who doesn't like Radio finally comes around and realizes that Radio is a great guy and gives him a football letter jacket. Oh my God, how I cried, but then I smiled, because I know that releasing emotion is a good thing. And not only do Radio and Coach Jones become great friends, but Coach Jones learns to love his wife and daughter better than ever before because prior to meeting Radio, he had been neglecting them just a bit.
I should mention that Debra Winger is in this movie. I haven't seen Debra Winger in anything for a long time because I think she married a politician and then divorced him and then spent a long time recovering. But now she's in this movie and that just goes to show what a wonderful person she is and how she really knows a touching, wonderful story when she sees one.
So turn off the radio and go to the theater and see "Radio"!
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