Nearing Grace R

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: October 23, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: First Independent
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 22


User Ratings: 16,114
Rating: 1/4 -- It feels like perhaps the screenplay was intensely personal and/or autobiographical, yet it's suspiciously lacking in any dramatic tension. Full Review
Aisle Seat
Nov 10, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- The story is small, but their performances give it depth and weight. Full Review
TV Guide
Oct 13, 2006
Rating: 3/5 -- Bursting with hormones, angst, humor and heartbreak, Rick Rosenthal's Nearing Grace, set during the late 1970's in suburban New Jersey, follows a teenager's efforts to survive both the recent loss of his mother and his senior year of high school.
New York Times
Oct 13, 2006
Rating: 3/5 -- Smart, funny and, thanks in no small part to David Geddes' cinematography, it occasionally approaches the poetic. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Oct 13, 2006
Rating: 2.5/4 -- The performances by Smith, Brewster and veteran David Morse, as a morbidly depressed widower, elevate Nearing Grace to something near grace.
New York Daily News
Oct 13, 2006
Rating: 3/5 -- A fine coming-of-age drama about a sexually eager young man who discovers that anything is possible with a friend who is loving and trustworthy after years of giving and forgiving. Full Review
Spirituality and Practice
Oct 13, 2006
Rating: 1.5/4 -- Moral dilemmas faced by immature teens is fine fare for young-adult fiction, but a movie that wants them to be taken as something bigger needs better management than Nearing Grace can provide. Full Review
Seattle Times
Oct 13, 2006

Product Description:

A coming-of-age independent feature film set in late 1970s, NEARING GRACE follows high school senior Henry Nearing (Gregory Smith). Nearing has to cope with the death of his mother, and is also forced to come to terms with evolving from a self-absorbed and confused adolescent to accepting the responsibilities of early adulthood. Unfortunately his father, Shep (David Morse), and his older brother, Blair (David Moscow), don't offer any kind of guidance, and find themselves detaching at the seams. His father quits his teaching job, buys a motorcycle, and becomes a perpetual drunk, while his brother takes off to live as a transient doper. To make things even more complicated, Henry has two young women on his mind: the sexy, wealthy, and very popular Grace (Jordana Brewster) and childhood friend Merna (Ashley Johnson)--one drives him crazy, the other keeps him sane.

Based on the novel of the same name by Scott Somer, NEARING GRACE at times seems to vicariously live through some of the more memorable moments of its coming-of-age predecessors, SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL (1987) and GARDEN STATE (2004). Once the haze of constant pot-smoking clears the characters are relatable and in some instances the scenes are quite heartfelt, although the film isn't much of a stretch for Smith, who is well-known as teen-angst extraordinaire Ephram Brown in the television drama EVERWOOD. But it's Smith's co-stars, Brewster (THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS), Johnson (FAST FOOD NATION), and Morse (DOWN IN THE VALLEY, PROOF OF LIFE) that deliver the emotional leverage needed to expose Henry's pain.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: October 13, 2006
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  • Sales Rank: 21,148
  • UPC: 883476000640
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