Musical biographical drama of Ray Charles, who was born in a poor Georgia town, and went blind when he was seven-years-old, shortly after witnessing his younger brother's death. The story recounts his battles with heroin addiction and against segregation, as well as his innovations with gospel, country, jazz and orchestral music. Jamie Foxx stars in the title role. Also with Regina King, Kerry Washington, Richard Schiff and Aunjanue Ellis. Directed by Taylor Hackford. [2:33]
SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man and a woman kiss several times, and a woman kisses a man. A man and a woman lie nude in bed (it is suggested that they have had sex and we see his bare chest and her bare back), they kiss a couple of times and the man caresses the woman's back. A man and a woman kiss, he takes off her dress and we see her briefly in her bra and panties. A woman lies in bed covered to the shoulders with a sheet, she calls to a man in the next room and invites him back to bed (sex is implied). A man and a woman kiss, then we see them nude in bed later (sex is implied and we see his bare chest to the waist and her bare back to the hips). A man and a woman kiss while lying clothed on a bed and discuss starting a family. A woman reaches into a man's pants pocket to find keys, they kiss and make suggestive noises. A woman leans toward a man's lap (suggesting oral sex), he pulls her back, she kisses him and caresses his chest. Men and women are shown dancing in several scenes, sometimes with suggestive movements. A man and a woman touch hands, and then walk arm-in-arm. A man caresses women on the wrist to determine whether they are attractive. Men make comments about a man "paying the rent" with sexual favors. A man refers to the size of his endowment. We see a nude infant being bathed in a washtub (there's no detail below the waist). Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and bare backs throughout the movie. Men and women are shown on a beach in conservative swimwear.
VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A boy slips and falls into a wash bucket full of water, he kicks and flails and is unable to get out; we then see the boy's feet motionless and his mother runs toward him screaming, she tries to revive him, but is unable. A man has several hallucinations, all with a similar theme: he puts his hands into a suitcase that is filled with water and he feels a dead boy's hand, a man feels a floor flooded with water and when he kneels down he touches a dead boy's foot, a man imagines a washtub overflowing with bloody water, and a man imagines dead rabbits hanging by their feet. A man lunges over a table and tackles a man on the other side to the floor, other men in the room pull the man off and they struggle and shout at each other. A man in a drug rehab hospital suffers withdrawal symptoms from heroin: we see him convulsing, vomiting and thrashing, and the man is strapped into restraints. A man confronts a man and refers to the music he plays as "jungle music." A woman slaps a man in the face and they yell at each other. We see people grieving at a funeral, and a woman, crying uncontrollably, drapes herself over the coffin. We hear that a woman has died from a drug overdose. A boy who has become blind trips and falls on the ground, he cries for his mother to help him and she does not respond (in order to teach him independence). A boy begins to lose his eyesight, his eyes become covered with a mucous, opaque film and they tear constantly until the boy eventually goes blind. Men inject themselves with a drug. People protest outside a segregated theater. People argue heatedly in several scenes. A woman throws a rock into a car windshield shattering it. A man shows the effects of heroin addiction; he twitches and scratches his arms and neck frequently. A woman vomits (we hear her gagging). A bus has a banner hanging at the back of the bus that reads "Colored."
PROFANITY 4 - 4 sexual references, 2 scatological terms, 17 anatomical terms, 53 mild obscenities, 7 derogatory terms for African-Americans, 1 religious exclamation, 6 religious profanities. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Racism, segregation, guilt, grief, drug abuse, the music industry, disability vs. behaving like a "cripple," Jim Crow laws, infidelity, family, censorship, jealousy, taking advantage of people, lying, thieving, betrayal, friendship, love, making deals, pity, admiration, parental pride, heartbreak.
MESSAGE - Ray Charles made beautiful music despite many obstacles.
(Note: People are shown drinking alcohol and people are shown smoking marijuana, smoking tobacco and injecting heroin -- often to extreme. Men brew moonshine.)