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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The most important message, beyond the religious one about the importance of faith, is the idea that a parent's love is unconditional, and that doing the right thing reaps rewards in the long run.
Positive Role Models
Grace's parents both have her best interests in mind, even if she can't see it. Grace is brave to move to Los Angeles, but she makes decisions that she regrets. She ultimately reconciles with her parents and asks for forgiveness.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A father tries to give his 18-year-old daughter a purity ring symbolizing abstinence, but she angrily asks if he thinks she's "going to sleep around." Grace starts dating a young TV star who invites her to his place and tells a friend on the phone he's about "to seal the deal" with her. A stylist gives Grace lingerie and jokes that the gift is really for her boyfriend. A music producer asks Grace to sing a song about a one-night stand. Eventually Grace starts caring about another guy, and there is some hand-holding and a chaste kiss.
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Grace can be rude to her father and yells at him. There's a lot of yelling throughout the movie.
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Products & Purchases
References to brands like Grace's Fiat 500.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Still 18, Grace starts to drink once she's in Los Angeles. Champagne and beer are passed out at parties, and she copies a friend's drink order and is shown getting drunk. Grace's father is known for being a recovering alcoholic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grace Unplugged is a faith-based family drama about an 18-year-old who runs away to Los Angeles to become a pop star against the express wishes of her Christian parents. It's a story about finding your own way back to you family and God, and it contains some heavy subject matter (references to sex, fake celebrity romances, and artistic compromises), but should be fine for mature tweens and teens. Christian parents will enjoy seeing this movie with their adolescent kids. Families who aren't Christian may still appreciate the feel-good message of honoring your parents and staying true to your beliefs (whatever they might be). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If you don't mind the predictable plot twists, this is a feel-good tale about the power of faith and family. It's a classic "prodigal son" story but with a daughter and no faithful older sibling to contrast with her rebellion. Instead, the movie features two steadfast Christian teens to act as her foil: Grace's best friend Rachel (Jamie Grace) -- who doesn't understand why she complains about her caring parents and wonderful life -- and Quentin, the record-label intern who encourages Grace to stick to her beliefs. The movie really lays on the melodrama: Grace can't seem to have a leveled conversation with her dad without devolving into a whiny, diva-ish brat; and later Grace doesn't have any real friends (including her lantern-jawed celebrity boyfriend) in LA, which might as well be Sodom and Gomorrah the way it's portrayed in the drama.
Eventually, as in the Biblical parable, Grace finds her way -- humbled and true of heart -- back to her forgiving parents. The problem is, in the end, she doesn't really suffer any consequences from her decisions. Everything is far better than it was when she was being rebellious. And that's an overly simplistic message to send. It would have been preferable for her to end up like her father -- satisfied performing at church instead of being tempted to contradict her beliefs. Still, the happy ending is pretty welcome after a second act full of so much eye-rollingly obvious anti-Hollywood drama like her being asked to pose for a sexy album cover, record a suggestive single, and perform at bars.
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