States of Grace


States of Grace (2005)



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Two men of faith face different trials as they try to serve God while dealing with the realities of urban life in this drama. Elder Lozano (Ignacio Serricchio) and Elder Farrell (Lucas Fleischer) are a pair of Mormon missionaries trying to spread the word about the Church of Latter Day Saints along the rougher side of Santa Monica, CA. Lozano and Farrell don't have much in common on the surface -- Lozano is a Latino and a former gang member who has less than a week left in his mission, while Farrell is a naïve young man from Utah who is still fired up about doing the Lord's work. One day, while out knocking on doors to discuss the Book of Mormon, Lozano and Farrell find themselves caught in the middle of a drive-by shooting, and an African-American gangbanger, Carl (Lamont Stephens), lies bleeding on the pavement. Lozano gets Carl to the hospital, and Carl is at once grateful and confused that a Latino would risk his life for him. Lozano begins discussing faith with Carl, who starts showing an interest in the Book or Mormon, but Lozano isn't sure just what he should do to try to lure Carl out of gang life, with Farrell reminding them their first job is to spread the word. Meanwhile, Lozano has been having serious doubts about his role in the church as he questions his skills as a missionary, while Farrell is tempted when he develops a friendship with aspiring actress Holly (Rachel Emmers) that may be growing into something deeper. States of Grace was written and directed by noted Mormon filmmaker Richard Dutcher; the film is intended as a follow-up to his picture God's Army, and has been released in some territories as God's Army 2: States of Grace.


Critic Reviews for States of Grace

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

This upright and thoughtful film boasts a level of quality and noble purpose that Hollywood has all but abandoned.

Apr 21, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Might feel like a Hollywood movie but it's clearly not. Dutcher, who also wrote the screenplay, does his share of sermonizing and clobbers the audience over the head with a spiritual ending.

Feb 9, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

An uncompromising, disconsolate pic about crises of faith.

Nov 4, 2005 | Full Review…
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Dutcher believes that forgiveness is one of the highest manifestations of divine love. That kind of message goes a long way toward pardoning many a cinematic sin.

Jun 16, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

'Mormonz N the Hood' would have been a fitting title.

Feb 16, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

... the movie's compassionate message gives it a measure of grace ... but good intentions don't always make for a good movie.

Feb 3, 2006 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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