Talk to Me

Talk to Me
Talk to Me
  • R
  • 1h 58m
  • 2007
Certified Fresh82%
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Academy Award® nominee Don Cheadle portrays the one and only Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene Jr. in this funny, feel-good and inspiring true story. Ex-convict Greene talks his way into an on-air radio gig with program director Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor), and his unprecedented "tell it like it is" style breaks all the rules while electrifying a city and bringing a nation together when it needs it the most. Also starring Cedric The Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Mike Epps and Martin Sheen, Talk to Me tells the extraordinary story of an outrageous and beloved voice ready to shake up the world in the movie critics are hailing as "fresh and revelatory" (Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh82%
Critics Consensus: A riveting look at the life of legendary DJ "Petey" Greene, Talk to Me goes beyond the typical biopic with explosive performances from Don Cheadle and Chiwetal Ejiofor.
Reviews
Time Out
Cliff Doerksen
Fresh

June 22, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
George Palathingal
Fresh

It's a visually and aurally riveting trip to an important time from a perspective few here will kn...

June 21, 2017
London Evening Standard
Derek Malcolm
Rotten

A stronger screenplay and more sensitive direction would have made this movie into something far m...

June 21, 2017
Guardian
Peter Bradshaw
Rotten

The movie is decent enough, but contains Greene's story in a sentimentalised career arc.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Cheadle shines in radio icon biopic. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this biopic about controversial '60s radio host Petey Greene isn't for kids. Though Greene is often very funny, the film focuses on the sources of his comedy: his anger at oppressive systems of class and racism. Expect lots of sexual references and sexy outfits (a couple of scenes, while not explicit, also show some lively writhing). A fight (punching and falling) between rivals ends when Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination is announced; a brief sequence following shows street rioting (looting, flames, explosion). Language is super spicy and includes lots of uses of both "f--k" and the "N" word (spoken by African-American characters).

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:July 13, 2007
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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