Grace Is Gone
Ex-military man Stanley attempts to find the courage to break devastating news to his two daughters: Their mother has died in Iraq. As he works through his complex feelings about his wife's death and the war, Stanley delays the inevitable.
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- James C. Strouse
- 2007 Sundance Film Festival®
- Audience Award: Drama
PG-13Parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that kids and teens may have a hard time processing some of this somber indie drama's mature themes, notably war and the death of a parent. The characters swear on occasion, a 12-year-old girl smokes and acts out in other ways (though mostly fairly tamely), and a grown-up suffers a near-emotional breakdown. Nevertheless, the movie has a soft center, empathizing with the experiences of a father and his two daughters as they deal with the terror that comes with knowing their loved one is on the front lines.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable
- News footage of the war in Iraq on TV screens; a man shoves his adult brother and forces him against a wall; a pervading sense of gloom hangs over the film.
- Occasional uses of "s--t," "goddamn," "crap," and, very sparingly, "f--k."
- Social Behavior
- The characters are decent and well-intentioned, though the father seems distant at first and doesn't tell his daughters the truth about their mother as soon as he should. Nevertheless, he's a devoted family man at heart. Tween daughter Heidi acts out a couple of times, but it seems to be mostly in response to knowing something's wrong with her dad/their family.
- Signage and mentions of HomeStore, the fictional "big box" home improvement store where Stan works, and Enchanted Gardens, the similarly made-up amusement park that Stan and his kids are planning to visit.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some talk of drinking, but little is seen onscreen. A tween girl tries a cigarette; her father then smokes with her, intending to turn her off the habit.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it