Essay On The Movie Radio Cuba

James Robert Kennedy (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), better known as Radio, has been wandering the streets of his small South Carolina hometown for as long as anyone can remember. Most people leave him alone, knowing that he is harmless, and hardly anyone even really sees him anymore as he pushes his shopping cart around. But one day, Coach Jones (Ed Harris) finds a few of his star football players picking on Radio and he is intrigued and wants to find out more about him. It is obvious that Radio is a little "different" and more than a little slow, but there is something about him that touches Coach Jones' heart.
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To try and make it up to Radio, Coach Jones invites him to help out at the football practices and Radio is slowly adopted by the team. Unfortunately, not all of the ball players and townspeople are ready to accept Radio and invite him to be a part of their lives. As Coach Jones becomes more involved in the life of Radio, he is forced to make some difficult decisions in his own life and to see himself - and his family - in a whole new light.

Ed Harris, who played Coach Jones, and Cuba Gooding, Jr., who played Radio, were both superb in this film. Gooding did a fabulous job of playing the sweet, innocent Radio who honestly believed that everyone liked him and wanted to help him. His performance was definitely a highlight of this film.

Harris also did a great job as a gruff, tough, small town football coach who discovers that he does have a heart after all. The supporting cast was also excellent and I cannot think of anyone who was miscast in the film. My major complaint is that the film is very slow paced and nothing really happens. I enjoy a good drama as much as the next person, but the film was billed as a kind of sports-drama so I was thinking of something along the lines of Remember the Titans with some more action and some comedy thrown in. There are little bits of comedy and little glimpses of action, but just about all of them are shown in the trailer. On the plus side, there is nothing inappropriate in the movie so the whole family can go and see it together. If you are in the mood for a nice, slow-paced, feel good movie than this is a great pick for your evening.

The review of this Movie prepared by Debbie

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1960's-1970's Inner struggle or disability    -   YesKind of sports story:    -   footballSports story?    -   YesBrain/Body not working?    -   mental illness

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black american Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   school

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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Invincible (2006) starring Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks
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Summary: The movie "Radio," starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Ed Harris, is based on a true story about a mentally challenged young man who inspires his hometown's football team to a championship.

Movie Review: Radio

When you were in high school or just around town, did you ever see a mentally challenged person be treated like dirt? If so, then you should see the movie "Radio." In one part of the movie "Radio", James Robert "Radio" Kennedy went around the high school football field every day. One day, Coach Harold Jones invited him inside the gates. The football players took advantage of Radio and locked him in the equipment shed while the players threw footballs at it. After Coach Jones unlocked the shed, Radio, played by Cuba Gooding Jr. ran out of the field.

The title of the movie is "Radio." It is rated PG, and is directed by Mike Tollin. It is based on a true story about James Robert "Radio" Kennedy who is played by an academy award winner, Cuba Gooding Jr. Another main character is Coach Harold...

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