Last night I did something I've wanted to do for almost two years. I sat down with my 9 year old son and watched the movie Radio.
Radio is an important movie for me because it shows a very strong, masculine man who is compassionate. Often the two are set at odds, so much so that the term macho is synonymous with a lack of compassion. Yet this film shows an icon of traditional machismo (a southern football coach) who has compassion on a mentally disabled boy in his community.
My son enjoyed the movie in part because there's a lot of hard-hitting football in it. That's the genius of the story as a teaching tool for boys. It shows that it's possible to thrive in a man's world of toughness and competition, and still be compassionate.
I showed it to my son because the film portrays the kind of man that I want him to be; the kind of man I want to be.
The Book of Virtues taught me that stories are among the best ways to teach what virtue looks like; far better than rules. Rules fall far short of training in virtue. Stories like Radio can help teach boys and men about the virtue of compassion. They also can teach the vice of evil. My son could see the cruelty of some of the characters depicted in Radio and be appropriately reviled.
I commend the film to you.
My Rating: Own It.
Incidentally, if you search for the word "movie" in the search box on my blog, you can read my past movie reviews.