Nothing But Easily Digestible Bromides in The Grace Card

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The Grace Card
Directed by David Evans
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Opens February 25

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Nowhere near as adroit as its mush-brained title might have you believe, this Christian-themed domestic melodrama uses race as cheap window dressing for easily digestible bromides and a conclusion as foregone as a Family Circus panel. Its plot pivots on movie clichés, too: Memphis beat cops Mac (Michael Joiner), a bitter white guy who hates African-Americans because one killed his young son 17 years earlier, and Sam (Michael Higgenbottom), a cuddly black guy who is also a minister, gradually overcome their differences after being pressed into a reluctant partnership. Before that happens, Mac’s other, teenage son winds up needing a kidney transplant; two guesses as to who steps up to be the donor, and whether or not Mac ultimately gets right with Jesus. Despite its predictability, visual blandness, and guileless middle-class pandering (the poor may always be with us, but they’re generally out of sight here), The Grace Card at least resists proselytizing: If you don’t already believe in a God who assuages all of life’s ills, this movie isn’t out to change your mind. But by refusing to even suggest that racism is a walloping social problem rather than an individual, circumstantial one with an easy fix, it does a rotten job of preaching to the choir.

 
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Slavikb2
Slavikb2

Obviously this critic has no underatanding about this film. Sure, Batman, Titanic, and Gladiator all get 10/10, but a movie that actually portrays reality, and not some tragic mediocre fantasy is a 3 due to the fact that it has a sense of truth and morals that are incompattible with today's society. Nowadays, people want to get away from the truth - escape it because it hurts. In this film, we see the struggles that these characters go through - we see change and when we come out of the theater we tell ourselves that we actually learned something valuable that could inevitably benefit our spiritual lives. People such as this critic reject the notion or existence of a spiritual world and that is why it seems dull to them. If they are actually able to connect with these characters spiritually, they too may enjoy this fulfilling story.

Pianistforlife
Pianistforlife

As a christian, Mr. Holcomb, I cannot curse or judge you, but I must say that you are a fool. Hollywood should concentrate on rebuilding the emotionally, mentally destroyed audience that is addicted to films with complete nonsense and directly opposite morals. Media controls the minds these days. No wonder so many people are depressed! No wonder these new generations are so morally corrupt! Thank you for the refreshing thoughts that I am not alone Mr. Slavikb2 :)

Adriansmurf
Adriansmurf

Actially it says in the bible that you should not call your brother a fool "mathew 5:22" just a thought im not saying the critic is right just some thoughtful insight

Without Pie
Without Pie

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FinallyAliveFreeHealthyStrong
FinallyAliveFreeHealthyStrong

I haven't seen this movie yet but am very much looking forward to doing so from all of the positive things that I've heard many mover-goers say about it. As for this particular movie "critic" review, it is obvious that you, Mark Holcomb, have your own special kind of axe to grind either with Christianity of perhaps with God Himself or (from your own current point of view) with the very notion of a God, and as a result this dramatically "informs" your appraisal of this film, and of its actual and real fine points and contributions to our current state of "film-making". A large portion of our population has long been deeply yearning to exactly these very kinds of films, and if you are not yet aware of it, it's about time that you began to open up your eyes and gain some useful awareness of it. We do not see the world as it is, but we see it as we are.

Johnsonwade
Johnsonwade

This is a made for DVD movie. Save your money. Great message but it's not good. Acting is really bad. Sorry. Lord forgive me.

M J Woodson
M J Woodson

This film is the best family film on the big screen in a long time. You can take your kids and feel proud that various character qualities are a major part of the theme. For example, forgiveness, sacrifice, taking responsibility for your actions and saying you’re sorry, and even accepting someone even when they have racist attitudes. The importance and value of an engaging father in the home is also a major theme. The film portrayed an African American family in a positive leading role, seldom seen in the media. This is a must see for showing children good positive character examples.M.J. Woodson

Marlenews
Marlenews

I have learned to ignore reviews and form my own opinion. This movie is well worth seeing, I went twice. If I relied on reviews like this one I would have missed many a great movie. Mr. Holcomb is simply one more 'writer' who believes that his opinion is THE barometer by which to measure whether or not a movie is worth viewing. Do yourself a favor, don't listen to critics, they get paid to tell you what is worth viewing.

vand
vand

from what i can see, everyone likes the movie compared to the review. we're clearly sick of total negatives from liberals who don't have Christian values at the center of their life. i can't wait to see the movie and support its refreshing Godly themes in this world where most movies themes and values are crap. also, i will dismiss looking at this reviewer's comments in the future.

Gracenjesus_buisiness
Gracenjesus_buisiness

I loved this movie and I feel it was full of action,drama,comedy and had a good plot...while it addressed racialism,relationships both marital and between that of the child and parent.It also addressed dealing with grief.I felt it was a good quality movie and well worth a person's time and money to see!! I have seen many religious movies and I feel this one is a cut above many!! I am planning to see it a 2nd time this evening as I enjoyed it THAT much!!

Kevin
Kevin

How exactly is something (racism in this case) a "walloping social problem" WITHOUT being an individual one? Something tells me that if the movie was as anti-religious as it is spiritual, VV would have given it a completely different review.

Cindy
Cindy

This movie was a bit cheesy in spots, but the story line was right on spot. I disagree with the reviewer that racism is a walloping social problem. It is a heart and mind problem that has to be remedied one individual at a time. One individual circumstance or person has the power to influence many. Much of that "choir" that the film preaches to can use the reminder that we cannot count on our "feelings" to find the grace to move past our circumstances, but on a grace that was first given to us when we did not deserve it.

As for the music,I enjoyed it and I hope to find a soundtrack cd.

Dante
Dante

I posted a comment yesterday and it gor deleted. All it said was that is wasn't right to savage the movie AND give away a major plot point at the same time.

I saw the movie, I liked it. But I'm not a highly trained movie critic, just some average guy.

Tere Rer
Tere Rer

Having only read this single lame excuse for a review, I truly see the actual motivation of this so called "villiage voice" website....which looks to be "IF WE CAN COME UP WITH ANY WAY TO MISREPRESENT LIFE, IT WILL ALWAYS BE REPORTED AS GREAT AND A TRUE REVELATION!! IF OTHERS WANT TO BELIEVE THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT THE GOD THAT GAVE US LIFE, WE WILL TOTALLY DISMISS THEIR VIEW IN SHEAR IGNORANCE. ...what a piece of work. have you slept lately? do you have any worries about who you are trying to be? Does it change on a daily basis? hmm....could it be your lost and trying to make your own rules to compensate for yours and everyone's elses failures in life? Here is some advise....Compensation has never and will never be accomplished. We all die either alone trying to come to peace with our own life's problems or with a peace that passes all understanding. Please seek help, THE ALMIGHTY GOD never stops caring!! ...truly concerned.

kono
kono

exactly right sutherland5....sorry mr. holcomb...you bombed on this one. the movie isn't about the poor..but if helping the poor is of great importance to you...perhaps you should dig a little deeper in your pockets..it's a well know fact that liberals (especially Christian hating liberals) are only generous to the poor with other people's money.

Blank35
Blank35

I loved it and will take note not to follow your opinions when choosing a movie in the future.

JesusIsLove
JesusIsLove

In this "Remove Christ from everything" society, I can see how you could paid to be a critic!

sutherland5
sutherland5

Walloping social problems ARE the result of individuals decisions on a large scale. When a society decides, as individuals who join together to change things, things are changed. I'm guessing the "professional reviewer" has not seen, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the Fokkers, and the King's Speech" - none of which deal with the poor, but are supposedly great movies. Did the reviewer rip on them because they left out dealing with the poor? The movie is about anger and forgiveness - he needs to get the message himself.

Blank35
Blank35

Agreed. I'm not sure this guy really saw the movie. Many of them just read the a few pages of scripts and then judge it. This was a great movie. I think this was the guy who ripped on Blindside as well. Shows how out of touch he is.

 

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