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Running for Grace

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sweet, slow-moving romance deals with 1920s racism.

Movie NR 2018 110 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+

Amazing film that everyone should watch!

This film has all the aspects of a great movie. Bad guys, good guys, heroes, princesses and princes. Love it! A wholesome family film. It uplifts the spirit- it champions the good in the world while still pulling us through the brokenness of our human nature.
age 15+

Heart warming and heart breaking

It was a really good movie, but we watched it with too young of kids. There was some violence I did not expect. But very sweet movie!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Sweet but slow-moving and clichéd, this tale of forbidden love in plantation-era Hawaii isn't without appealing qualities -- chiefly, a strong cast and positively gorgeous shots of the island setting. The main problem is the weakness of the love story holding Running for Grace together. Yes, Grace and Jo are both young and attractive. It's easy to see why they're interested in each other. But although they exchange plenty of loaded glances, they've barely spoken 10 words to each other by the time they embrace for the hackneyed happy-ending kiss that's supposedly so moving that the whole cast bursts into tears.

The rest of the plot is no less subtle: Every twist and character reveal is telegraphed ages in advance. It's clear from our first sight of Dr. Reyes that he's a baddie who's Up to Something; he might as well be twiddling his mustache when he casts his gimlet eye on Grace. (Who, by the way, is given very little to do besides sit on a bed gazing at Jo with her blonde hair angelically lit.) It's hard to root against a story about a despised outsider who triumphs against all odds through heroic actions, and this movie does have its heart in the right place. But, like Grace's underwritten role, it's beautiful -- and insubstantial.

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