Loosely based on a Hollywood family's own story, Gracie is an uplifting film about a 15 year-old female soccer player.
Actors Elisabeth and brother Andrew Shue grew up in a family that was obsessed with soccer, and part of their story, although changed a bit, is directed by Elisabeth's husband Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth).
It takes place in 1978 when there wasn't a venue for a girl to play school-sponsored soccer. New Jersey teen Gracie Bowen (Carly Schroeder) grew up in a family with three brothers all who played soccer. The brother's days were made up of practice and endless playing.
After her soccer star brother dies in an accident, Gracie wants to take his place on the varsity team. But, she not only has to convince the school officials to change the rules, she has to convince her parents (Dermot Mulroney and Elisabeth Shue) that she is up to the task.
There's plenty to like about this film and both teens and adults should find it appealing. The soccer action is exciting and the family dynamic is realistic. But mostly there is a message, that comes through that if one fights the good fight for something that is believed in, minds can change and good things can come of it.