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Movie Review: Talk to Me

Alternate Title: Tellin' It Like It Is

Story: Petey Greene was not a household name in my home but he was a popular mainstay on DC radio during the 60's and 70's. He was a hero and icon and when he died in 1982 over 10,000 people attended his funeral. I was glad to have been introduced to this interesting person by director Kasi Lemmon.

That said, it is not an evenly directed film. The first half depicts Petey's rise from ex-con to radio icon and the story kept my interest. When the film suddenly diverts course to focus on Dewy Hughes, his mentor, manager and friend, it loses ground. Hughes' real life son, Michel Genet was one of the writers so I can see why his father's life would be emphasized. However, it is a flaw in the film.

Despite the shift in focus, it was a fine depiction of the times, the turmoil and what talk radio was like in its inception.

Acting: Don Cheadle as Petey was exceptional. He is a fine actor. Chiwetel Ejiofor as Dewy Hughes was fine as well. There is a good ensemble cast including Martin Sheen, Cedric the Entertainer and the very funny Taraji P. Hensen as Vernell.

Predilection: None

Critters: Two beautiful Afghan dogs in a cameo appearance.

Food: Pizza and booze.

Soundtrack: A tope tapping trip back to the 60's & 70's.

Opening Titles: A font was used that has not been seen since the 60's.

Visual Art: Oh, those wonderful outfits.

Theater Audience: A handful of folk and us.

Weather: The weather seemed to be nice during the 22 years shown in this film.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I drifted a bit as the storyline changed.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental is the way to go for this one. For some other far better films, check out Chiwetel Ejiofor in Children of Men, Kinky Boots and Dirty Pretty Things and Don Cheadle in all of the recent Ocean's films, Hotel Rwanda, Crash, Bulworth and Boogie Nights.

Length: Under two hours.