Gracie

2007, Drama, 1h 37m

93 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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Gracie can be rousing and touching in spots, but is ultimately undone by its predictable story arc and a lack of nuance. Read critic reviews

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Gracie Bowen (Carly Schroeder) is the only girl among her parents' four children. Her brothers and father (Dermot Mulroney) eat, breathe and sleep soccer, and practice the sport every day. When her beloved older brother, Johnny, is killed in a tragic accident, Gracie attempts to come to terms with her grief by petitioning the school board to let her take Johnny's place on the boys varsity soccer team.

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  • Jan 04, 2009
    Barely watchable, this soap opera knows how to tug at the heartstrings, but a little too sappy for even this most sensitive male viewer. Gracie battles prejudice and neandrathal male stereotypes to win a place on the boy's soccer team at school. Nobody believes in her except for her dead brother. Even her mom tries to lower her expectations, by encouraging her to take a bite of the sh*t sandwich that life offers young women. Some decent soccer footage, but too much like a fairy tale for this viewer. Thank God for Titile IX. One would like to think this is no longer a problem for women athletes. Don't kid yourself. Respect is hard to come by, even when it is earned.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2008
    Not by choice: buses in Northern Ontario, you just never know what you're going to get... a great laugh due its combination of melodramatic bad lines, half-baked gender-role commentary and sports movie formula. Do not watch this film... unless you also enjoy gawking at car crashes and the like...
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Apr 03, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic]It is very hard to dislike a movie such as "Gracie" that has its heart so firmly in the right place and so full of good will. It takes place in South Orange, New Jersey in 1978 where Grace(Carly Schroeder) wants to honor the memory of her recently deceased brother, Johnny(Jesse Lee Soffer), a high school soccer star, by making the boys' varsity soccer team to avenge one of their losses to a rival school. Hopefully helping her will be her father(Dermot Mulroney), a former collegiate soccer star himself who also trained her brother.(I think that anybody who tries to relive their failed lives through their children is perverse.) [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]So even though the movie does make some valid points about women in sport(Where women could once only be cheerleaders, now they could compete in sports on their own terms. But surely feminism could not have been such an exotic notion in 1978.), the movie still gives into some of the hoariest cliches of the genre around. Worse still, it is immensely predictable. It is clear exactly how the movie will end once Grace makes her proclamation, even if the route might have been slightly different than expected with a couple of less than credible twists. And it is hard to believe high school soccer players would be allowed to be so very physical. Grounding the movie better in realism would have definitely helped.[/font]
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  • Dec 23, 2007
    Inspirational true story but not quite as dynamic as 'Bend It Like Beckham'.
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