2008-01-28 15:14
What it's about:

Set in 1978 and inspired by real life events in the Shue family, Gracie is the story of a sixteen year-old girl who, after a family tragedy changed her life, fought for and won the right for girls everywhere to play competitive team soccer.

What the critics say:

"Who could possibly be interested in a movie about decent, recognizably human creatures dealing with believable problems and discovering within themselves the capacity to be better people?"
John Anderson, Newsday

"Gracie is painless enough and, at times, even enjoyable. But it suffers from an overriding feeling that this would be better positioned as a made-for-TV feature."
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

"A familiar underdog story told with unusual sensitivity, Davis Guggenheim's Gracie depicts the obstacles faced by a young girl who dreams of playing on her high school soccer team."
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

"Why is Gracie as processed as an after-school special? You miss the knockabout edge of Bend It Like Beckham - though the ending, in its Pavlovian sports-flick way, pumps you up."
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"Only auds not exposed to similar inspirational sports scenarios will doubt for a second that she'll eventually succeed."
Joe Leydon, Variety

"It's not without well-observed moments, and in the title role, Carly Schroeder makes an agreeably flawed and feisty rooting interest."
Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
A teenager faces an uphill battle when she fights to give women the opportunity to play competitive soccer.

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