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Film Review: ‘Grace Unplugged’

4 October 2013 3:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The makers of “Grace Unplugged” deserve at least some credit for resisting temptations toward melodramatic excess in spinning their story about a young Christian singer’s flirtation with secular stardom. But even though they may be successful at preaching to the converted, their tepid and predictable pic isn’t likely to attract crossover audiences. Expect fair to middling niche-market B.O., and slightly better numbers in homevid sales.

Eighteen-year-old Grace Trey (Aj Michalka) is introduced at a point somewhere between sullen resentment and open rebellion in terms of her relationship with her father, Johnny Trey (James Denton), a one-hit-wonder rocker who, after fueling his crash-and-burn collapse with drink and drugs, found God and took a job as music minister at an Alabama church.

Not surprisingly, Johnny’s control-freakish direction of her contributions to their church performances — and his threat to ditch her from his Christian music band if she don »

- Joe Leydon

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