A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Decisions have lifelong consequences; character is made up of the sum total of choices. Strong messages about restoring faith when it has been lost. Christian themes promoted: compassion, acceptance, forgiveness, God's purpose.
Positive Role Models
Main character, grieving and acting out in negative ways, is redeemed through her faith, good works, love of others. Ultimately, she becomes compassionate, selfless, determined, and forgiving (of herself and others). Single dad is loving, tries hard, finds his way through his faith. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Teen shows up with black eye after altercation (not shown). Character holds pills during a threat of suicide.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Reference to past underage drinking, fake ID. Implied underage drinking at a party. Character holds pills during a threat of suicide.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Finding Grace is a faith-based movie about a teen who's sentenced to community service by a judge who wants to give her a second chance. Apprehended for having a false ID and underage possession of alcohol, the high school senior gives little thought to the decisions she makes. She's still grieving for her absent mother, angry, and acting out. Her community service at a retirement home becomes the impetus for change. Religious messages, which include God and Jesus Christ, are incorporated throughout. One use each of "hell" and "crap" are heard. At a teen party, it's implied that there's drinking. A character holds a handful of pills as a suicide threat. A boy is shown with a severely blackened eye, though the altercation that caused it happens off-camera. Mature themes, including abandonment, a senior citizen experiencing the onset of dementia, and suicide, make the movie best suited for mature tweens and teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sincere in efforts to tell an inspirational story and create relatable characters the audience will root for, this movie mostly achieves its goals in spite of predictability and a low budget. Writer-director Warren Fast believes in his material and it shows. The actors, some seasoned pros and some new to the art, give it their all. While secondary characters are one-dimensional, the leads -- teen, dad, and retiree -- work hard to be nuanced. Finding Grace has some surprising moments that set it apart from other movies in the genre as well. It's OK for most, and will especially appeal to fans of faith-based films.
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