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By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Lesson of kindness permeates inspiring true story.

Movie PG 2003 109 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 12+

More language than "a couple" as listed in category section!

Great movie and a great James Horner soundtrack! It's best for 12 and up I'd say. There is much more language in this than described in content section. There are 8 uses of h-word, 7 used of s-word, 2 d-words.
age 7+

Very Inspiring Movie

To be honest after watching Radio it was a major influence on me and as a result back in High School I became the manager for the Varsity football team. Yes there may be some scenes like Radio being told to go into the girls locker room without him knowing there were girls in the locker room, Radio being left behind from going with the team onto the bus for an away football game, Radio being tied up in the equipment shed, and being arrested by the police while Radio was delivering Christmas gifts to the community that he actually was given, and having to deal with the death of his mother. However There's a lot you can learn from the movie like learning important life lessons on learning how to accept that everyone is different, Treating others with respect, etc

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (19 ):

This film may be as predictable as a Hallmark card, but it's as heartwarming, too. Radio is a nice, old-fashioned family movie about the importance of kindness. The characters learn that some things are more important than being smart. The audience learns that that lesson can apply to movies as well as people.

It's always a little too easy to have minority or disabled characters in movies serve as saint-like or magical creatures who teach others how to be more authentic, yet this film handles the challenge better than most. Harris and Gooding give their characters depth and decency to provide some grounding for the story and keep it from getting too sugary. But they really have to carry the entire movie. Debra Winger appears in the thankless understanding-wife role (though she does carry a copy of Betty Friedan's revolutionary Feminine Mystique through one scene).

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