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Chasing Grace

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Mature faith-based drama about death, grief, alcoholism.

Movie NR 2015 97 minutes
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Well-intentioned messages about grief, faith, forgiveness, and alcoholism fall victim to too much fragmented plotting and underserved characters. Director and writer David Temple has a knack for creating beautiful visuals, moves his camera effectively, and elicits some fine performances (Ashlee Payne and Rusty Martin are notable). However, by trying to explore an overabundance of issues, he loses focus. Dealing with grief, alcoholism, and failure to accept responsibility for one's actions are center stage here. But they're competing with long-hidden family secrets, sibling rivalry, depression, police misconduct, job loss, and more. As a result, issues are raised, then quickly dropped or supplanted by others (i.e., Angela erupts in righteous anger at her husband, then the next scene finds them happily sharing a restaurant meal). An earnest effort, but messy. OK for teens.

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