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Gracie's Choice (2004)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 12 January 2004
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A teenage girl tries to raise her three half-brothers and one half-sister on her own after their drug-addicted mother is sent to jail.

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Louela Lawson
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Rose Carlton
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Sandra Caldwell ...
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Anne Heche plays an abusive mother to Gracie, played by Kristen Bell. Gracie has always taken care of her three younger brothers and one sister. When her mother's drug and alcohol use goes too far, Gracie decides to take on the official role of mother to her brothers. Written by roxie blues

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12 January 2004 (USA)  »

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Gracie választása  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)
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When Gracie is at work filling out an application for a scholarship her hair is in a brown headband. When she is running up to the hospital after getting the phone call her hair is back in clips, one on each side. When she walks into the hospital room her hair is back in the headband again. This could be because they originally had her grandmother go to the hospital earlier in the story and they used the same running clip. Earlier in the story her hair was in the two clips. See more »

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English Teacher: [Gracie is reading aloud from Romeo and Juliet and is having a hard time pronouncing] Stop! Where's your emotion? Haven't you ever heard of Romeo and Juliet?
Gracie Thompson: [trying not to sound naive] I know what a Romeo is.
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Some people shouldn't be parenting ...
3 September 2005 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

It's not because you claim you love your children, you actually love them. This is the premise for Gracie's Choice. How the person that gave birth to you betrays you, makes your life miserable, this is what this movie is about, and how to overcome all that. This movie is based on facts. Meet Gracie, a 17 year old girl (played by the adorable Kristen Bell) who sacrifices her own life to make sure her brothers are safe and sound. Her drug addict mother (played by the wonderful Anne Heche) changes boyfriends like underwear, and makes her children put up with it by dishing them fairy tale stories about horses and tasty meals. All and all, the mother is just a ghostly projection, a tantalizing dream, an empty promise. She doesn't love her kids, although she doesn't realize this herself.But the movie reveals this in a dramatic way. The mother yells Gracie can go to hell. Gracie responds fittingly: "I was born in hell." Gracie's hell is her mum messing things up, her redemption is her will to take care of her family, despite her own ambitions. In a way Gracie is too good for this world. She sacrifices herself for her little (half)brothers. The casting of Kristen Bell for the role of role model Gracie Thompson was an excellent choice.

The first time I saw Kristen Bell was in the Emmy winning TV-show The Shield. In this movie, Bells character ís The Shield.


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