I didn't expect the next film from An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim to be a fictitious tale about a teenage girl, but stranger things have happened. Gracie is a fairly standard sports movie, but with an attention-grabbing twist: a girl trying to land a spot on an all-boys high-school soccer team in the 1970s. It's a compelling film at times, as well as wholesome entertainment for families, but never breaks free from the trademark cliches of the inspirational sports-film genre that Disney and other studios have been churning out regularly for the past few years.
Gracie (Carly Schroeder) has three brothers, all of whom spend a lot of time being drilled in soccer techniques by their competition-obsessed father (Dermot Mulroney). He dismisses his 15-year-old daughter, though, and won't even acknowledge her when she asks to play with them. After Gracie's older brother dies in a car accident, she decides to honor his memory by joining his soccer team and beating the local rival, something her brother was never quite able to achieve. Her family won't take her seriously, her would-be boyfriend (Christopher Shand) laughs at her, the school won't let her train in the only gym with free weights, and at first she can't find a single person to support her dream. But you know what happens to protagonists in sports movies who have a dream -- you can't keep them down forever.