Grace Is GoneHD Closed Captioning
James C. Strouse
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About the Movie
In one of his most acclaimed performances, John Cusack makes an astonishing transformation as Stanley Philips, a sad, disconnected man unable to tell his young daughters their mother, a soldier, has died in Iraq. Instead, he takes the girls on a road trip, where their innocent charm helps him rediscover a healing joy he thought he'd lost forever.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 73
- Fresh: 45
- Rotten: 28
- Average Rating: 5.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: For most of its 85 minutes Grace Is Gone, a small, tender film about contemporary parenthood in wartime, carries off a delicate balancing act.
Fresh: A moving and tender family drama, built on the foundation of a serious contemporary issue.
Fresh: In a year that has seen wave after wave of films addressing the war in Iraq with varying degrees of anger and frustration, Grace serves as a gently thoughtful coda and reminder of what continues.
Rotten: Rather than challenging our national aversion to unhappy endings, both in life and in cinema, [director] Strouse plays right into it. He's devised Grace Is Gone to work on our sentiments the way a porn movie works on our libidos.
John Cusack shines
John Cusack shines in this moving film about a man who doesn't quite know how to tell his two young daughters their mother has been killed in Iraq. While figuring out how to deliver the devastating news, he takes the girls on a road trip to visit Enchanted Gardens. The theme park serves somewhat as a metaphor -- symbolizing happiness and sheer innocence -- that Stanley Philips (Cusack) wants his daughters to experience one last time before they must face the realities of loss.
The poignant score by Clint Eastwood perfectly captures the story of one man's struggle with grief and uncertainty while outwardly trying to keep up appearances of adventurous joy.
Strong in powering movie
This is such a Good Movie , it didn't only make me Cry but it made me realize no matter what goes on thru life you'll always have your family to be there & the person you lost will always be with you in Your Heart!
This is a heart breaking story. Love John Cusack in this movie not the kind of character that I am use to seeing him in.