et me just be clear about how I happened
upon this cinematic gem. I went to the theater hung over and certainly
in an impatient mood and not having the slightest clue to what
movie I was going to watch. My choices, based on time, were "Beyond
Borders" with Angelina Jolie and "Radio" with Cuba
Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris. I am a complete sucker for Harris'
intense demeanor and Cuba has a certain quality that draws me
to his films(the aforementioned statement does not apply to"SnowDogs").Isettled
into my seat, soda in hand, ready to checkout "Radio"
not knowing what the hell I was about to see! 10 minutes in I
was questioning my judgement. Cuba was playing the part of a retard,
oops, that wasn't very p.c. Cuba was playing the part of a very
sweet retard simply known as "Radio" for his love of
music and Harris was his sociopsychological beacon of help and
hope. "Radio" is set in Anderson, South Carolina during
the late 60's. Harris was a "Bear" Bryant cloned football
coach for the local high school and served as a mentor for the
towns' misfit. Together the two unlikely pair serve as educators
to each other. Harris teaches Cuba to interact with conventional
society and conversely, Cuba teaches Harris to readjust his familial
priorities. "Radio" won't impress you with stylish special
effx and the script is certainly predictable, but with each passing
scene, I found myself becoming more invested in this humble story.
Harris is excellent as the gruff commandant who risks his career
for the lovable simpleton and well lets's just say Cuba is fishing(Tom
Hanks style) for an Oscar and he very well may get another stature
for his performance. Debra Winger resumes her career in nice fashion,
however Alfre Woodards' character as school principal is unfortunately
neglected. No suprises, no glitz, no highbrow convoluted plot....just
a cool film! Word to the wise: even if you're the baddest mo'fo'
on the planet, blame your blubbering on a dietaty increase in
soy milk as a protein supplement(handy alibi: "I've been
drinking soy milk. Can't you see how big my muscles have gotten?")
Pretty damn good flick!
A naked Selma Hayek