Source: Catholic News Service
Jamie Foxx gives a bravura performance as Ray Charles, in this superior biographical film which traces the legendary singer's life, from childhood and early blindness in rural Florida to his rise from obscure pianist to chart-topping superstar, as he battles heroin addiction and navigates his solid home life with romantic liaisons on the road. Foxx's impersonation is amazingly accurate, but the entire cast is first-rate, and Taylor Hackford's direction seamlessly melds the satisfying, often exciting, musical numbers with the solid dramatic aspects of the story, which ends on an inspirational note in 1966 with Charles conquering his drug dependence. A handful of crude and profane words, sexual innuendo, racial epithets, drug use and discreet sexual situations. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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