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Gracie Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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  • 50

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Gracie is ably played by Carly Schroeder, and the tale of her uphill battle to play competitive soccer is based on the youthful activism of actress Elisabeth Shue. Shue was the first person in her New Jersey community to break down the hurdles erected to keep girls from the sport.

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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    You miss the knockabout edge of "Bend It Like Beckham" -- though the ending, in its Pavlovian sports-flick way, pumps you up.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    For all the personal ties to the material, the film too often reaches for broad-strokes inspiration in a way that feels generic.

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  • 63

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    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    For all its faults, Gracie is made with enough grace to get us rooting for the protagonist.

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  • 63

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Dermot Mulroney takes the largest male role, that of the driven ex-soccer star and patriarch of the onscreen family. From certain angles he looks like a Shue too.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Gritty girl soccer drama with a powerful message.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the 15-year-old main character in this '70s-set sports drama is a strong heroine who acts out after one of her family members dies early in the film (a loss that may be upsetting for sensitive kids). She sneaks out of the house, steals her mother's car, shoplifts, and makes out with a guy she met at a bar. She also does a good deal of lying and teenage sulking until her father -- who, along with her brothers, says a lot of sexist things to her -- takes her seriously. Language includes "s--t" and "bastards," as well as some derogatory terms for lesbians. Some underage smoking, as well as a fair amount of rough soccer action (Gracie is knocked down, punched in the face, etc.).

  • Families can talk about how the perception of girls playing sports has changed since the 1970s, both in real life and in the media. How are girls and women portrayed in contemporary sports movies? Kids: How do people at your school talk about girls who play sports? Are any of the stereotypes or assumptions made about the girls in this movie still in effect today?

The good stuff
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    Messages: After a family tragedy, Gracie acts out, sneaking out of the house to go on dates, stealing the family car to drive to the shore and meet older boys, shoplifting, etc. There's also a lot of sexist language, including overtly diminishing Gracie's worth and her ability to play sports as well as any boys. But she's a strong heroine with a fierce resolve to achieve her goal.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A main character dies in an off-screen car crash. Gracie is the object of a lot of soccer-field violence, including getting punched in the face, knocked down, tripped, and tackled.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Gracie kisses and makes out with Kyle. She also makes out with a stranger she meets at a bar who knows she's underage.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes "s--t," "hell," "bastards," damn," "dyke," and "lesbo."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Gatorade is prominently featured at the beginning of the movie.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Gracie and her friends smoke cigarettes and go to bars, but they aren't shown drinking.