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Cuba and Harris fail in Radio:
but, Special Boy gets to shine

By Dahlia Ishak
Gazette Staff

Directed by: Michael Tollin
Starring: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Riley Smith, Sarah Drew

Radios can always be relied on to supply an endless abundance of shitty, unoriginal music.

Well the movie Radio doesn't fall short of its name, seeing as it provides the exact same mind-numbing entertainment.

The film essentially depicts what life could be like if people took the time to respect each other. The tormented loner Radio (Gooding Jr.) is taken under the wing of a high school football coach (Harris) when he catches some kids from his team taking advantage of Radio's mental handicap. Well, as can be expected with these types of movies, the once loved coach is instantaneously shunned by the town for bringing Radio into their world. Therefore, the leading characters are forced to deal with the pressures and stakes involved with having morals.

Sadly though, the plot fails to deliver any hint of imagination because Radio undoubtedly ends up changing all the townsfolk's lives and adds that much needed warmth to each and every one of their little hearts. Taking into account the movie is based on actual events and is marketed as a feel-good family type of outing, it can't be expected the plot would make any radical and zany twists.

However, the addition of some unexpected elements to the tale would have made for a much more interesting evening for moviegoers. Radio could have killed somebody or at least journeyed to outer space.

But of course, basing a movie on a true story drastically limits the possibilities and thus, this movie was doomed from the start. These types of movies are the result of what happens when the folks in Hollywood are too lazy to come up with their own ideas. Rather, they decide to fool thousands of people into giving a shit about the story of a boy named Radio.

For those that decide they do in fact give a shit - don't panic. The movie does deliver the standard doses of feel-good music, heart-filled acting and lovable characters. Radio successfully leaves those remaining few audience members, who remained awake throughout the entire film, feeling all warm and fuzzy inside every half-hour or so.

The movie delivers nothing more or less than it claims to, because cut and dry, Radio is just another standard movie about a nice guy who is given the chance to shine.



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