- Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Don Cheadle
- Summary: In the mid-to-late 1960's, in Washington, D.C., vibrant soul music and exploding social consciousness were combining to unique and powerful effect. It was the place and time for Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. to fully express himself - sometimes to outrageous effect - and "tell it like it is." With the support of his irrepressible and tempestuous girlfriend Vernell, the newly minted ex-con talks his way into an on-air radio gig. At the station, Petey becomes an iconic radio personality, surpassing even the established popularity of his fellow disc jockeys, Nighthawk and Sunny Jim. Combining biting humor with social commentary, Petey was determined to make not just himself but his community heard during an exciting and turbulent period in Amercian History. Based on the true story. (Focus Features)… Expand
- Director: Kasi Lemmons
- Genre(s): Biography, Drama, History, War, Music
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RhanaH10Stunning film, terrific performances.
DP10Strong story, three terrific performances: Cheadle, Ejiofor, and Henson.
JonasG10All I can say is wow! I saw this film last weekend and it was completely riveting. The lead performances by Cheadle and Ejiofor were brilliant, but Taraji P. Henson stole every scene she appeared in. Kudos to Kasi Lemmons as well.… Expand
KenG.7Interesting, well-acted look at a person (Cheadle) most people today don't know about, however, movie does overstay its welcome, as the idea that the break-up between Cheadle's and Ejiofor's characters, was one of the "tragic" break-ups in the history of show business (you would think it was right up there with the break-ups of the Beatles, and Martin & Lewis) is laid-on much too thick. Also, as a couple of critics here have pointed out, the filmmakers made the ill-advised decision to follow Ejiofor's character in the last section of movie, much more than Cheadle's character, but Cheadle's character is the much more interesting character. Henson as Cheadle's girlfriend, is very appealing.… Expand