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Nearing Grace

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Nearing Grace

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
105 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/13/06
performer:
Jordana Brewster, Gregory Smith, Ashley Johnson, David Morse, David Moscow
director:
Rick Rosenthal
distributor:
Whitewater Films
author:
Jacob Aaron Estes
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C+

His mother recently died, and high school senior Henry Nearing (Everwood‘s Gregory Smith) is not feeling too good himself: He’s hung up on flashy Grace (Jordana Brewster) when he’s meant to be with true-blue Merna (Ashley Johnson). Some Kind of Wonderful? No, some kind of earnest, stranded adaptation of Nearing Grace, Scott Sommer’s late-1970s coming-of-age novel, with little of the vivid specificity of Mean Creek, even though the two share a screenwriter (Jacob Aaron Estes) and a producer (Rick Rosenthal, who also directs).