Don Cheadle is one of the best actors working today. I've seen him in lots of things, including the Ocean's ... films, Crash, and Hotel Rowanda. In each role he disappears to become the character he is playing. This time he is Petey Greene, a well-loved radio and tv talk show host and comedian in Washington D.C. during the 1960s and 1970s.
Petey Greene was born in 1931 and died in 1984. The film covers the last 18 years of his life. He died at 53 of cancer. But the film isn't about his dying. It's about his living.
The acting from the rest of the cast, especially Chiwetel Ejiofor and Taraji P. Henson, was great.
The costumes - clothes of the 60s and 70s - are perfect. The music is just wonderful from those years.
Go see it, or if you missed it get the DVD when it comes out.