Christians will flinch at the numerous depictions of drugs and sex in this film, as well as its language, which accurately portrays the honky-tonk bars and clubs of the rhythm-and-blues movement.  That’s understandable.  But it’s hard to tell a story about sin and its consequences without showing just that, and “Ray” serves as a powerful portrayal of life without Christ – something that some people just need to see to believe.  It’s also a moving story about the ability to overcome great hardship, as well as how easy it would have been for Charles’ God-given talent to go to waste – something we might all think about.  Thus, for most, “Ray” will be more than worth the time and money. 

AUDIENCE Adults only


  • Drugs/Alcohol Content:   Extreme.  Incessant smoking, drug-use and drinking throughout the film, including mentions of overdoses.
  • Language/Profanity:  More than 60 obscenities and a dozen profanities.
  • Sexual Content/Nudity:   Multiple portrayals of premarital and adulterous sex, suggestive or lewd innuendo and partial/semi-nudity.
  • Violence:   Child drowns and multiple flashbacks of death; character throws rock, smashing car windshield; character knocks over table; characters fight; character goes through drug withdrawal in hospital, experiencing severe DTs.