CFDb Movie Review
A typical weekend of binge drinking in a small Florida town lands Grace Turner in the county jail. Forced to embark on a new path, she decides to go to AA and put the pieces of her shattered life back together.
Gracie knows hangovers. She’s intimately acquainted with them. But this one? Why did she wake up, half-dressed, on a Florida beach, 1100 miles from home? And this time her father – who also knows about the tragedy of addiction from his struggles with Gracie’s mom – isn’t going to clean things up. Suspicious and distrustful of everyone, including a café owner with a troubled history of her own, Gracie prefers the relief of alcohol – which had always worked for her. When she’s arrested for public drunkenness and attacking a police officer, Gracie is given a choice: six months in jail or 90 meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous in 90 days, and she has to do it in the small town she’s landed in. She’s not used to strangers caring about her, but perhaps the power of community can help her sidestep the landmines lining her path to sobriety – especially the ones she’s laid herself. “GRACE.” compassionately looks at the disease of addiction through a young woman inching towards redemption.
I had mixed emotions about this film for several different reasons. I’ll highlight the reasons here:
- The film did show a realistic, gritty picture of addiction to alcohol and different parts of the addictive personality that other films don’t cover, but I wish there was some inclusion about the real physical and psychological effects that giving up alcohol (as an addict) causes.
- Absolutely loved the group that really cared for Gracie and each other. We all need that kind of community to count on…being our brother’s keeper.
- Some cussing in different parts of the movie that, although some might say were realistic, weren’t necessary.
- Some risque scenes that also didn’t add to the film, showing a little more than was necessary to get the point across of what was going on.
- The confusion as to the name of the movie. Grace. Using the word redemption in the synopsis and having the period at the end of the title led us to think this would be a Christian film, showing some need for God within the film, which there wasn’t. Although he name was Grace, she was almost always referred to as Gracie. I would love to know what the title really means…does anyone know???
All in all, a film that was well done, just not recommended because of the cussing and other objectionable content. Strong parental warning on this one.
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