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Grace Unplugged Review

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  • 2.0

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  • 30

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    The New York Times Andy Webster

    Feels like a religious tract more than a movie.

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  • 30

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    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    The film’s reluctance to fully explore its provocative moral conflict renders it terminally bland.

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  • 40

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    Variety Joe Leydon

    The makers of Grace Unplugged deserve at least some credit for resisting temptations toward melodramatic excess.

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  • 70

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    Los Angeles Times Gary Goldstein

    Grace Unplugged proves a far more involving, accessible and enjoyable movie than its peek-a-boo marketing strategy suggested.

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OK for kids 11+

Predictable prodigal daughter tale with Christian message.

What 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).

  • Families can talk about the popularity of faith-based movies. Are these message movies made for general entertainment or to evangelize? Will non-Christians enjoy this movie too?
  • This movie is critical of the entertainment industry. Do you think there's room for people of faith in regular entertainment, or should they stick to faith-based projects and media?
  • Parents may want to use Grace as an example of the consequences of underage drinking and getting involved with someone who only wants sex. What do the characters in the movie learn about these topics? Are they realistic lessons?

The good stuff
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    Messages: 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.

  • rolemodels true2

    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.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Not applicable

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    Sex: 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.

  • language false1

    Language: Grace can be rude to her father and yells at him. There's a lot of yelling throughout the movie.

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    Consumerism: References to brands like Grace's Fiat 500.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and 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.