Movie (DVD) Review: The Grace Card and #Giveaway

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A new movie is being released on DVD August 16th and you can win a copy!

The Grace Card stars Michael Joiner, Michael Higgenbottom and Louis Gossett Jr.  Michael Joiner plays Mac, the head of a troubled family.  His wife and son are excellently portrayed by Joy Moore and Rob Erickson, both new to movies but very talented.

The movie opens with the tragic death of Mac’s small son witnessed by his wife and other son, Blake.  The family never recovers from this traumatic event and now, years later, are still dealing with unresolved issues of guilt and grief.

Mac, a police officer, is assigned a new partner, Sam, who also has a career as a pastor.  Mac is less than thrilled with the assignment, at one point telling Sam, “Don’t go all ‘pastor’ on me!”  Their relationship is rocky and hits an all-time low when Sam discovers that Mac is also racist.  This movie deals with religion and race – two extremely volatile subjects.  It handles both quite well, in my opinion.

Sam and his family are going through their own struggles in trying to find their path.  It struck me quite strongly the difference between how a family walking in faith handled problems and how a family without faith handled problems.

With a strong Christian message, The Grace Card will be a favorite among the Christian community.  Non-Christians may find it a bit too “preachy” but it’s worth giving it a try.  I’m not sure why we are sometimes reluctant to include faith-based dialogue into our entertainment choices.  We love having Christ in our life and in our thoughts and prayers – but not our movies (??).

The Grace Card is the first movie from Memphis-based Graceworks Pictures in conjunction with Calvary Pictures. Inspired by and modeled after Sherwood Pictures, the moviemaking ministry that created Fireproof. Graceworks is the vision of Dr. David Evans, an optometrist in Memphis, who directed and serves as the executive producer.

I enjoyed watching The Grace Card and was fully absorbed staying up way too late to see what would happen!  Family and Christian entertainment is something I support.  If movie makers see that we are willing to go see or purchase this type of movie, we will see more of this genre.

Q and A with Director and Executive Producer, Dr. David Evans

Q:  Where did story of The Grace Card come from? 

A:  As a doctor, you’re also a counselor of sorts.  People share stores.  I’ve got patients who are on the Memphis police force, and I learned things that informed the story.  They helped me see their world, and I wanted to take that and maybe help people see the world as it really is – a world where grace exists…  I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great to show this real life struggle in this real place?  To show faith at work in family life, race issues, work issues?”

Q:  Many people associated with The Grace Card say the story drew them to the project.  More than one said one look at your script and they knew they wanted to be a part of it.  What is it about this story?

A:  Nothing in this story makes you feel that it’s all just bright colors, a pretty portrait that couldn’t really happen.  This is real, gritty, true.  It’s a realistic portrayal of everyday life.  Everyone – regardless of background, income, social status, beliefs – deals every day with problems.  Every day.  Everyone.  That’s part of the power behind The Grace Card.

A bit off-topic…. have you seen Fireproof?  There was a preview on this DVD for another movie coming soon called Courageous, that sounds like it will do for fatherhood what Fireproof did for marriage.  Can’t wait to see it!

More places to learn about:
The Grace Card
DVD Release Date: 8/16/2011

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    My favorite family friendly movie right now is Tangled. But that’s because it’s my daughter’s favorite right now. lol.
    I really like Facing the Giants as a family movie as well.
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    Farrah Shumway says:

    Most recently it has to be Soul Surfer. I think it was a beautiful story! Great movie, Great Girl! Love that its based on a true story.

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    Farrah Shumway says:

    Sorry, GFC name is same (Farrah Shumway)
    Accidently hit button, I’m entering from my phone :)

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    Kimberly B. says:

    My favorite is Disney’s UP.

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    Robin Quick says:

    I seen this movie Friday night and it is great!!!!!! 2 thumbs up !
    My fav family friendly movie is Fireproof!

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    Audrey Griffis says:

    i to loved fireproof- but an oldies favotrie is the wizard of oz :)

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    The Sound of Music will always be my favorite.

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    My favorite family friendly movie is The Wizard of Oz

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    Ann Fudge Cluck says:

    Gone with the Wind

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    Leanna Morris says:

    We love Polar Express and watch it several times a year with our grandkids (grandkids are just an excuse to watch it,I think!)

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    My fave is Anne of Green Gables!!
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    forgot to put that my GFC username is Saph
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    I have to agree with Robin, Fireproof is great, but we LOVE Finding Nemo in this house with a toddler! :)
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    We love Marley and Me!

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    Terry Avila says:

    Love the Disney classics! We are a big fan of Finding Nemo! Makes me laugh every time!

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    We love The Incredible Journey.

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    My favorite family movie is The Sound of Music. In fact, it is my favorite movie period.
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    A new favorite is Tangled :-)
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    Cheryl Abdelnour says:

    For the older kids, we always enjoyed Kindergarten Cop.

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    A really good family movie was Facing the Giants.

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    Jennifer Ryder says:

    We always enjoy all of the Indiana Jones movies.
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    Erin Collins says:

    The Incredibles!

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    We love to watch Mary Poppins or Sound of Music
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    Janet Jackson says:

    My fave family friendly movie is Fireproof ~ never leave your partner behind!

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    Carrie Phelps says:

    My favorite family friendly movie is Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory.

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    Lisa Garrett says:

    We still watch Mary Poppins.

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    I love watching Aladdin!
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    Favorite family movie would be forest gump :)

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    Gina Hamm says:

    My kids fave movie is Open Season

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    Sounds like a great movie. It appears now days people would rather stay in their corners and not feel like they have to be responsible to others. Your mention of the christian theme would send some running away. Sadly, to understand the belief in Christ, you must first put your own self aside. Society has become too self involved to see much further than their own self.

    I’ll be looking forward to seeing this movie. I’ll pray for those that don’t. :)

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    Fav family movie, we like Disney Cars
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    The Wizard of Oz.

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    It’s a Wonderful Life

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    Meredith Miller says:

    My whole family likes the Harry Potter series.

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    My 6th grade Choir teacher got me hooked on The Sound Of Music. Love it! And my son as a baby would watch it non stop. Now as a 10 year old he claims he doesnt like it. Whatever lol.

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    My favorite is Facing the Giants.

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    Adventured in Babysitting? Elizabeth Shue. Pretty cute movie from the 80’s ore early 90’s.

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    I guess I would say Mary Poppins. Many other family friendly movies out there, but that is the first that comes to mind.
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    My favorite family movie is the Sound of Music.

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    Jessica Peeling says:

    Harry Potter if that is considered family friendly :) If not, The Lion King

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    Leah Walker says:

    It’s not time for it yet but we LOVE A Christmas Story. Lol. My hubby loved it as a kid and still watches and laughs at it like that and we laugh at him. We watch it several times when it comes on for 24 hours at Christmas time.

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    My favorite movie is Stand By Me..just found it and bought it and played it for my 13 year old keeps watching it. Classic, but boys loved it!

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    One of our favorite family friendly movies is “Big” with Tom Hanks.
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    Trisha Lynn says:

    I love the fox and hound!

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