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Genre Sport
Year: 2007

Gracie is based on a real-life story. She's the only girl in her soccer-loving family, and begins an uphill battle when she decides to try out for the local boys soccer team.. The Shue family were avid soccer fans and Elisabeth Shue grew up as the only girl in her family. Originally, the movie was going to centre on her brother’s story, but the story came to rest on her. The rugged, determined character of Gracie is a reflection of a young Elisabeth Shue, who stars in Gracie.

The film is set in the 1970s in the same town that Shue grew up in, and has a real sense of authenticity. Carly Schroeder (Mean Creek) was cast as Gracie, and could easily be a young Heather Graham. She tackles the role with tenacity and is counterbalanced by Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend’s Wedding) as her father, Bryan. Gracie is a movie about family, soccer and women in sport. The themes extend to identity, tragedy and teenage rebellion as Gracie defines herself and fights the system.

This a classic coming-of-age story that is fairly safe in its predicatbility. This is a real family affair as Elisabeth Shue, Andrew Shue and Davis Guggehheim (Elisabeth’s husband) give their all. It was a story that they wanted to tell, and they’ve finally comitted it to celluloid. The performances are good, the story is captivating and the end result is a familiar film, which is uplifting and triumphant.

The production captures the Zeitgeist of the ’70s and creates a timeless setting for Gracie to exist. The movie carries sincere qualities, which push for determination, confidence, tenacity and self-belief. Gracie isn’t as powerful as Million Dollar Baby or as tough as Girlfight. The film is more in-line with Bend It Like Beckham without the comedy. If you want a movie with heart, fight and glory with a touch of girl power, then get Gracie.

The bottom line: Entertaining.

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