Nearing Grace

2005, Drama, 1h 45m

22 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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This coming-of-age story doesn't dig deep enough to offer anything fresh to the genre. Read critic reviews

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Having recently lost his mother, teenager Henry Nearing (Gregory Smith) develops a crush on seductive classmate Grace (Jordana Brewster), who toys with him. Though he has been friends with Merna (Ashley Johnson) for a long time, he fails to see her sincere attraction to him, instead, he wastes time with the uncaring Grace.

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  • Jan 31, 2011
    It's easy to call a film cliche, but if that film represents a vision that the filmmaker has always wanted to realize, it's not really fair to dismiss the movie just because someone else got there first. Family dramas often feel the most cliche, because we all live in them everyday. I don't deny that some parts of the film are predictable, but many more are strikingly original and honest - and those are the ones that you'll remember. All of the performances are quite excellent.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 19, 2009
    A <i>Some Kind of Wonderful</i>-esque love triangle that doesn't quite resolve as cleanly as you'd expect. Gregory Smith was adorable in <i>Harriet the Spy</i> way back when, but now, he exhibits the puckish naturalism of a young Jean-Pierre Leaud, the smoldering looks of James McAvoy, and the dead-eyed complexity of a hit-not-miss Daniel Radcliffe. The movie is sexy, life-affirming, philosophical, wry - a little bit too ambitious for that matter - but nevertheless, a bittersweet <i>bildungsroman</i>.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2008
    Interesting drama. The best friends [a guy and a girl] secretly in love storyline is old, very predictable but still interesting to watch. Good performances by David Morse and Gregory Smith. Jordan Brewster was good as well, she should get more roles.
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  • Apr 10, 2007
    really sweet romantic drama with a great soundtrack. Really enjoyed it!
    Andrea C Super Reviewer

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