James Robert Kennedy, a.k.a. Radio (Cuba Gooding Jr.), is a mentally challenged teenager who lives with his mother in a small South Carolina town. Radio, so named for his love for music and vintage radios, is the school laughing stock and spends much of his time simply walking back and forth through the town while his mother works at the local hospital. Harold Jones (Ed Harris), the town’s respected high-school football coach, begins to take an interest in Radio, who responds slowly, being extremely introverted. Coach Jones takes Radio under his wing and, as the months go by, a warm friendship develops between the two. The coach’s life takes an ironic turn and is deeply changed following a tragic incident in Radio’s life. Through some deeply heart-stirring scenes, joyful events and delightfully funny moments, the small town, Coach Jones and Radio form a life-long bond that remains to this day.
Based on a true story, “Radio” is an inspiring picture about a life lived to do good for others and the difference that one person can make. Coach Harold Jones (Ed Harris) gives a strong performance as does Cuba Gooding Jr. as Radio. The film contains some strong language, but it’s used in a comical context as the simple-minded young man repeats several times something he hears. Besides this, the film is remarkably motivational, ranking up there with movies such as “Rudy” and “Remember the Titans.” The PG rating is appropriate, and parents should consult our content listing below to decide if they choose for their children, ages twelve and above, to see it. This film contains footage at the end of the real-life Radio, and we are glad to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie.