Grace Is Gone

2007

Action / Drama

37
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 62%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 60%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 8651

Synopsis


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Cast

Marisa Tomei as Woman at Pool
John Cusack as Stanley Phillips
Alessandro Nivola as John Phillips
Mary Kay Place as Woman at Funeral
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694.35 MB
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English
PG-13
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1hr 25 min
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PG-13
24.000 fps
1hr 25 min
P/S 6 / 9

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 7 / 10

good young actors and Cusack is pretty good, too

Stanley Phillips (John Cusack) is a mild-mannered store manager. His wife Grace is away at war in Iraq. They met in basic training and married before he got thrown out for his eyes. He's informed of her death but he can't bring himself to tell their daughters Heidi and Dawn. He decides to take them out of school on a surprise trip to amusement park Enchanted Gardens. They visit his anti-war slacker brother John Phillips (Alessandro Nivola). The older daughter Heidi starts to suspect something is wrong.

Cusack is playing against type as a father. He is literally hunched over after the news. It's an interesting performance and the two girls are great. The older girl is especially good. This road trip movie is a bit too simplistic. There isn't enough going on. It needs a few more outside characters for the three leads to interact with like that smoking boy. It is nevertheless very compelling and the inevitable talk is powerful.

Reviewed by eddie_baggins 8 / 10

A poignant family drama

A poignant and heartfelt drama that uses the backdrop of the Iraq war to tell an affecting story of love, loss and family, Grace is Gone is a highly recommendable film that was underseen upon release in 2007 and is worthy of your time to this day.

Featuring one of John Cusack's most effective and nuanced performances, James C. Strouse's debut film is small in scale yet big on heart and harbors a beating heart that'll make viewer's laugh and shed a tear in equal measure.

Strouse finds a great tone in the often tricky balance of humour and drama in this film and it's a shame in the meantime since Grace is Gone's muted reception in 2007 that his only developed the little seen The Winning Season and the nice if a little lacking Jemaine Clement star vehicle People Places Things, a film that played well in the festival season last year.

Strouse shows a real feel for characters in Grace is Gone and Cusack's Stanley Phillips as well as his two daughters as played by then youngsters Shelan O'Keefe and Gracie Bednarczyk are a family unit we quickly develop feelings towards and their cross country road trip that is acting as an intermediary between Stanley letting his children know about their mother's passing as a servicewomen in Iraq is a lovingly structured one.

Front and centre to this journey is Cusack, who playing more vulnerable and inwardly tormented than we've perhaps ever seen him before or since shines as Stanely. He not only looks the part of a man struggling to come to terms with not only losing his wife and best friend but a man that is trying his best to learn how to not only tell his daughters about this tragedy, but learning to in fact talk with them like the parent they will need. It's not a showy turn but it's a quietly devastating one and a reminder as to why at certain stages in his career Cusack has been one of the best performers in Hollywood. Surrounded by the impressive O'Keefe and Bednarczyk as Stanley's daughters, Grace is Gone's cast is a real winner.

In many ways slight yet in equal ways important and touching, Grace is Gone is one of the better Iraq war themed films that has been produced and with a great cast, a finely crafted score that was constructed by Clint Eastwood and a story that will resonate with many who watch it, Grace is Gone is the little movie that could and therefore should be watched by all.

4 pre-work morning rev ups out of 5

Reviewed by jmayer-48447 9 / 10

Moving and Sad

I am a huge John Cusack fan, so, good or bad, if he's in it, I'll watch it. This is a particularly moving and sad movie. I would have to say that I have never been more moved to sadness by a movie in my entire life. It could have been the timing. My wife and kids had been away for several days and I was missing them terribly. Hey, I'll pick up a Cusack movie to take my mind off of them. Oh boy, was this not the choice. I open-mouthed wept repeatedly during this film and I just don't do that. I was an emotional wreck after seeing this film. Some of it was circumstances, but it was also because it was done so well. John Cusack played this character masterfully. I've wondered if it would affect me the same way, if I watched it again, but I'm not sure I want to have to handle it, if it did. This may sound negative, but quite the contrary, a film that makes you feel so deeply for the characters is indeed a masterpiece. Well done.

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