K.C. Bailey
Owen Gleiberman
May 30, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Gracie

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/01/07
performer
Carly Schroeder, Andrew Shue, Elisabeth Shue
director
Davis Guggenheim
distributor
Picturehouse
author
Karen Janszen, Lisa Marie Petersen
genre
Drama

We gave it an C

In 1978, a high school girl playing competitive soccer wasn’t just novel — it was barely heard of. This amiable rouser, based on the experiences of Elisabeth Shue and her family (Shue was one of the producers), tries to convey how gutsy and role-smashing it is for Heather Graham-cute Gracie (Carly Schroeder) to cleat her way onto an all-boys soccer team. So 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. C

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