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Grace Is Gone

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sad drama about loss may be too heavy for kids.

Movie PG-13 2007 85 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Fun fore family

PG: language and smoking
age 13+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

For the most part, director/screenwriter James C. Strouse manages to convey the family's grief in an admirably understated way, and Cusack is very believable as a father. That said, did Stanley have to be such a schlub? Everything from his facial expressions to his shuffling gait spells defeated -- so much so that viewers feel they're dragging, too.

The film starts clumsily, not quite finding its footing in the first half. Humorous early scenes, as when Stanley attends a support group for soldiers' wives, seem forced. But thank goodness for the children, who are clearly and genuinely talented. Soon after the film begins, you lose track of the fact that they're actors. Instead, your heart aches for them and the thought that they, real characters or not, won't grow up with their mother.

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