Guggenheim doesn't bring much visual style to the game. But he brings heart (and some Bruce Springsteen on the soundtrack) to the story of a lost Jersey girl redeemed by sport. Yeah, I cried. And cheered. You will too. show more
For all the personal ties to the material, the film too often reaches for broad-strokes inspiration in a way that feels generic. show more
Dermot Mulroney takes the largest male role, that of the driven ex-soccer star and patriarch of the onscreen family. From certain angles he looks like a Shue too. show more
Carly Schroeder is the winner here; the film can't possibly work unless she's believable in the part. Undoubtedly, the film makers wanted an actress who was visually appealing, but the more difficult feat was finding an actress who looked both physical and athletic. That's a tough, three legged parlay, but Schroeder looks and acts the part. I also toast the filmmakers since they were reliving the tragic loss of someone they loved. It would have been an easy slip to over-sentimentalize, and, not surprisingly, the film does walk a tightrope at times in that respect. But they never go overboard. The father/daughter relationship here is what holds the movie together, even more than the obvious "destination" of success for Gracie. It's the kind of relationship that makes families such a dangerous but necessary structure. An enjoyable film.
I LIKE PIE!!!
I am always looking for the kind of film that matter-of-factly informs girls that, through desire and plain hard work, you can achieve your goals. That is a common, obvious message, but ask yourself how many movies are delivering that message to girls without also referring, whether overtly or by implication, to appearance and sexuality. The universe of those films is tiny. Well, finally, here is one!! Unfortunately, this movie was marketed poorly and did not do well at the box office. That does not mean, however, that it should die on the vine as a dvd. If you think a simple positive message of grit and determination for girls is worthy of wide distribution, then its going to take word of mouth to do it, because clearly the studios don't care. Spread the word about Gracie!!