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  • Summary: Set in 1978 and based on true events, Gracie is an inspirational film about a teenage girl who overcomes the loss of her brother and fights the odds to achieve her dream of playing competitive soccer at a time when girls' soccer did not exist. (Picturehouse)
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Guggenheim doesn't bring much visual style to the game. But he brings heart (and some Bruce Springsteen on the soundtrack) to the story of a lost Jersey girl redeemed by sport. Yeah, I cried. And cheered. You will too.
  2. 63
    For all its faults, Gracie is made with enough grace to get us rooting for the protagonist.
  3. 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.
  4. Gracie is painfully earnest, which might be OK were it not also painfully trite, painfully cliched and painfully formulaic.
  5. 50
    Guggenheim managed to turn a Power Point presentation into a crowd-pleasing Academy Award winner, but he can't do much to free Gracie from its constraints and clich├ęs.
  6. Falls into the category of heart-warming sports yarns, and, if television still made movies-of-the-week, it would enjoy a rightful home.
  7. Sporadic on-field violence is only a tiny reason that Gracie disappoints, but it's indicative of the film's greater problem. Producers Elisabeth and Andrew Shue seem so intent on creating a hero out of the main character and villains out of almost everyone else, that they've completely distorted reality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. HannahC.
    Jun 15, 2007
    10
    This movie was amazing! It was extremely inspirational, even for those who don't play soccer. And for that person who said "inspirational sports movies are boring" they obviously have no life and are complete retards as to not be moved by this film. Expand
  2. MarkH.
    Jun 5, 2007
    9
    Despite the cliches, this is a good Hollywood sports hero story. Its been told thousands of times before, but it never gets old especially when you have a plucky heroine who refuses to give in to those telling her to quit. I admit I am a sucker for these plots and surrender easily to the emotions of the characters struggling to triumph...especially when they win just before the final credits.... Expand
  3. ChadS.
    Jun 14, 2007
    8
    As the July issue of Playboy featuring gold-medal winning Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard is due to hit the stands any day now, suddenly, this slight entry to the inspirational sports movie genre seems seismic in its importance. Although "Gracie" overgeneralizes a bit(soccer is not a preventive measure against teen pregnancy), it does do a decent job of capturing the social mores of the recent past, when female athletes were largely marginalized on the basis of their sex. Carly Schroeder(the girl from "Mean Creek" is all grown up now; keep your clothes on Carly) doesn't convince you of her athleticism through her on-field exploits(credit the editor); she does it with her face. This is a very good young actress. Beard's decision to disrobe is a tragic one; so utterly antithetical to the spirit of Title IX and all the young girls who said, "F*** cheerleading. I wanna play," you just want to slap her. There's a moment in "Gracie" that speaks volumes about the positive ramifications of women gaining full access to an arena that was previously the domain of men. It's a small scene, but a key one, in which Gracie stands in front of a full-length mirror; not to check on the progress of her boobs, but rather, the muscles she had developed on her biceps from weight-training and chin-ups. If it wasn't for Title IX, the life of a certain young teenage girl might've turned out differently. Who would Ralph Macchio take to the arcade in "The Karate Kid"? Collapse
  4. Oct 5, 2013
    8
    Gracie is a very well-done sports movie, as well as being a successful drama. Schroeder is a very talented actress, and Shue is great. A lot of aspects of soccer players' lives is showcased here: the vigorous training; the dedication to the game; and the thrill of play. The overall message: if you're dedicated to something enough, you can get better and enjoy life.

    And the best part about this movie: it was filmed in my town!
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  5. BlancoA.
    Jun 3, 2007
    6
    It's a fun little movie, certainly on the high end of cliched sports flicks. Carly is great in her role, and I really liked what Mulroney does with his part. It's pared down and real - not predictable. A really good family film, especially for families with athletic daughters. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    May 30, 2007
    3
    Why do we need another sappy sports movie designed to inspire? It's getting boring. And this is one of the worst.

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