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Radio | 2003 | PG | - 3.4.4

Inspired by the true story of James Robert Kennedy (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a mentally handicapped young man living in South Carolina in 1976, nicknamed Radio. His relationship with the football coach (Ed Harris) of the nearby high school raised some eyebrows at first, but eventually inspired the entire community. Also with S. Epatha Merkerson, Riley Smith and Debra Winger. Directed by Michael Tollin. [1:49]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss. A woman makes a suggestive comment to her husband. A young man walks into a girls' locker room, young women are wrapped with towels (we see bare shoulders and legs), they scream and the young man runs out. A young man is shown in his underwear and a shirt while dressing.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A young man is taped by the wrists and ankles, locked in an equipment shed and balls are thrown against the outside wall making loud thuds (we see the young man trembling in fear). A police officer shoves a young man onto a car and puts him in handcuffs. A man shoves a young man against a glass trophy case and verbally threatens him. A young man steps into a street and a car screeches to a stop before hitting him (the driver yells at him). A group of young men are punished by being made to run sprints for hours. We hear that a woman has had a heart attack and died. A young man pushes a shopping cart along train tracks and we see a train approaching behind him (he moves off the tracks). Men yell on a football field (at players during games and practices and at a referee). A young man sits in a room with clutter and debris around him grieving (he apparently tore the room up in anger). A man talks about having seen a boy who was kept under a porch that was covered with chicken wire and that something was wrong with him. Football practices and games contain many loud and hard hits and tackles. A young man is hit in the head with a football.


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LANGUAGE 4 - 13 scatological terms, 8 mild obscenities, 1 religious exclamation, insults.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man chews tobacco and spits into a can.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Mental disabilities, death of a parent, physical abuse, intolerance, friendship, love, cruelty, death of a spouse, taking the blame for others actions.

MESSAGE - It is not a mistake to care for someone.

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