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Still shot from the movie: Ray.


In this dramatized biography, actor Jamie Foxx blinds his eyes with prosthetics and relies on his own musical abilities in order to step into the role of Ray Charles. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B-
Violence: B
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: D
Theater Release: 28 Oct 2004
Video Release: 31 Jan 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Rays mother took a very pragmatic approach toward his oncoming blindness. How did that affect Ray’s ability to deal with it? What kind of personal attitudes and decisions can cripple a person?

Ray Charles isn’t the only performer who has dealt with the addictive substances. What pressures may lead successful people to get caught up in the world of drugs and alcohol? What challenges come with living in the spotlight?

What makes Ray’s wife stay with him despite his lifestyle? What strengths does Della Bea have that Ray relies on? What things have to be considered before ending a relationship? Are the reasons for staying (or leaving) always the same for everyone?

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