Nearing Grace

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Released 2005

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Nearing Grace

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Director:
Rick Rosenthal
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
Nearing Grace is a 2005 film adaptation of the Scott Sommer novel directed by Rick Rosenthal. In the year 1978, high school senior Henry Nearing (Gregory Smith) is tenuously holding together the wreckage of his family following the recent death of his mother. Henry's father Shep (David Morse) and brother Blair (David Moscow) are lost in despair, embracing drugs, detaching themselves from the family unit and indulging their every impulsive whim. In the meantime, Henry is coping with the daily trials of high school while slowly becoming smitten with the alluring and popular, yet possibly insane, Grace (Jordana Brewster) to the lamentation of Henry's childhood friend, Merna (Ashley Johnson), who harbors her own secret crush on Henry. Grace, a manipulative siren, enjoys the attention Henry pays her and toys with his affections despite already seriously involved with another boy in class. As Henry struggles to face the responsibilities of impending adulthood, choosing between these two women may define the adult he becomes.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times

    This film is smart, funny and, thanks in no small part to David Geddes' cinematography, it occasionally approaches the poetic.

  • 60

    The New York Times Laura Kern

    There's nothing remotely surprising in the entire film. But the generally winning -- and freakishly good-looking -- cast, endowed by Jacob Aaron Estes's script with intelligent, if...

  • 50

    Variety Robert Koehler

    Without Smith's graceful presence, which more than once resembles Zach Braff's slightly older but observant New Jerseyite in "Garden State," Nearing Grace would be pure video fodder.

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