Thankfully, the film also teaches that acting out in order to cope with grief is wrong and has very negative consequences.  It shows the importance of parents staying engaged with their family during stressful times, and emphasizes how sports can keep kids—especially those who are hurting—out of a lot of trouble.  However, at the same time, it also conveys the message that sports is really all we have for comfort in our time of need.  A bland funeral scene, paired with the lack of any truly inspiring authority figures, underscores this slightly nihilistic theme.

In short, Gracie is a family film of fair quality that deserves significant discussion, particularly for Christians.

DVD EXTRAS

  • Commentary with Elisabeth and Andrew Shue
  • Commentary with director Davis Guggenheim
  • "Bringing Gracie to Film" featurette
  • Theatrical trailer

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  A scene with teen smoking and some implied background drinking in another.
  • Language/Profanity:  A handful of obscenities as well as some inappropriate slang, including a teen saying “screw you” and “bite me” to an adult.
  • Sexual Content/Nudity:  Two scenes in which a young teenager kisses/makes out with older boys (one college-aged).  In one scene, a college student, who knows Gracie is underage, is on top of her in the backseat of a car.  He removes his shirt and they appear to be about to engage in sex before they are interrupted and roughly reprimanded. Some sexual lyrics (“make a little love”).  Various small sexual references as well, like “lesbo” and “hot.”
  • Violence:  A few falls and some athletic “violence” on the soccer field and during practice (no one injured).