Jamie Foxx portrays rhythm and blues legend Ray Charles, who rose from obscurity to become world famous despite losing his eyesight at age 6, a hardscrabble upbringing, repeated struggles with racism, romantic letdowns and his own heroin abuse.
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- Taylor Hackford
- 2005 BAFTA®
- Best Actor: Jamie Foxx
- 2005 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) nominee
PG-13Depiction of drug addiction, sexuality and some thematic elements
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; trailer; deleted scenes; never-before-seen musical performances; behind-the-scenes featurette; making-of featurette; cast and crew interviews.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this movie has very strong material for a PG-13; it's more like a PG-16. There are frequent sexual references and situations (non-explicit), as Charles has relationships with many, many women, even after he's married. One of the women becomes pregnant. Characters drink, smoke (constantly) and take drugs, including marijuana and heroin. A character OD's (off-camera), and there is a harrowing scene of detoxing after Charles decides to end his 20-year heroin habit. Characters use very strong language. A child is killed and another loses his sight. A strength of the movie is its frank coverage of the pre-Civil Rights era, where the "Chitlin' Circuit" was the (almost) all-black venues where black performers were booked. In one understated scene, it makes clear that no restaurants would allow black customers, so they had to make arrangements at the homes of black people along the way. In another scene, Charles refuses to perform in a facility that does not allow black customers and is sued by the promoter and banned from the state of Georgia as a result.
- Sexual Content
- Sexual references and situations, including adultery.
- Sad and tense situations, character killed, character goes through agonizing detox.
- Strong language for a PG-13.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Drug abuse, including heroin, drinking, a lot of smoking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it