TALK TO ME is a lot of fun, telling the story (with liberties) about late, legendary Washington D.C. disc jockey Ralph ‘Petey’ Greene. An ex-con went good, Greene was a talk show jokester/firebrand and community activist during the heyday of the Civil Rights Era. The plot’s 118 minutes covers Greene (Don Cheadle) and his manager (Chiwetel Ejiofor) from 1966 to 1984.
Cheadle once again shows just how damn good he is, and gets fine backup from Ejiofor (at the time, his best role since Dirty Pretty Things) while the hot and energetic Taraji P. Henson lights up any scene she’s in.
There’s plenty of laughs, its got a fabulous soundtrack, and there is a powerful sequence on the death of MLK. Well directed Kasi Lemmon , who did likewise effective steering of the sleeper Eve’s Bayou.
With Martin Sheen, Mike Epps, Cedric The Entertainer, Vondie Curtis Hall and Herbert Rawlins as James Brown. Good reviews only did so much, as the film made a scant $4,780,000, not nearly enough for a good film in a good year, 2007, which also saw other great revisits to the same time period in American Gangster, Zodiac and Across The Universe.