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TALK TO ME's Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene isn't quite the household name that some of his contemporaries (such as Richard Pryor or Redd Foxx) are, but this smart drama about the Washington, DC, disc jockey is a fascinating film. At the film's opening in the mid-1960s, Greene (Don Cheadle, HOTEL RWANDA) hosts a beloved radio show--at the prison where he makes his home. While visiting his incarcerated brother, Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor, INSIDE MAN) hears Greene's brash humor and honesty, but he brushes off Greene's attempts at a job at the radio station where Hughes works. But Greene is soon released from prison, and he won't forget his dreams of hosting his own radio show. He hounds the staff of a Washington R&B station, including Hughes and the station manager (Martin Sheen, THE WEST WING). When he finally gets a job, his show resonates with the people of the city and the changing times of the civil rights movement.
TALK TO ME could be just another biopic or racial drama, but thanks to its fine cast, it rises above the standard fare. Cheadle is engaging as the electric Petey Greene, equally adept at portraying both Greene's pathos and his humor. While Ejiofor has excelled in smaller roles in INSIDE MAN and CHILDREN OF MEN, this drama could represent a chance for him to move into leading-man territory. Henson was wonderful as the meek Shug in HUSTLE & FLOW, but she ably transforms into the vivacious Vernell here. Director Kasi Lemmons (EVE'S BAYOU) lets the performances drive the film, but they're supported by a strong script and period details that make the film worth watching.
- Rated R for pervasive language and some sexual content.
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 62033305
Don Cheadle, Martin Sheen, Ramon Estevez
"[A] rowdy, richly offbeat biopic....The two actors are marvelous. The elegant, magnetic Ejiofor makes Dewey a complexly divided man....Cheadle plays Petey as an antic hedonist..." -- Grade: A-
"[A] funny, earnest, affectionate new film....As portrayed by Mr. Cheadle, Petey Greene is a person of quick wit and tender heart, an irrepressible hustler whose fundamental integrity is never in doubt."
New York Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "TALK TO ME speaks powerfully to audiences with its potent blend of extraordinary performances and engaging soundtrack."
3 stars out of 5 -- "Cheadle gets his teeth into the character, nailing his distinctive drawl....Charming and good-hearted..."
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n affectionate homage to a singular talent and a vital social document, filled with as much cultural comment as sassy, risque humour."
"[R]esonant about race and power issues in a way that pitifully few movies are nowadays....It has something significant to say."
Sight and Sound
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n emotionally grounded and aspirational tale....Director Kasi Lemmons brings the period back to life..."
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