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Nearing Grace (2005)

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In the shadow of a family loss, the youngest son develops interest in an attractive high school classmate, paying little mind of her athletic boyfriend or of his own female best friend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Nearing
Grace Chance
Merna Ash
Blair Nearing
Clement C. Haydes
Shep Nearing
Rose Nearing
Strawberry (as Amy Minderhout)
Raissa Fleming ...
Spanish Teacher
Studly Bartender
Prom Band - The Band of Warhols
Brent DeBoer ...
Prom Band - The Band of Warhols
Jon Fell ...
Prom Band - The Band of Warhols (as John Fell)


In New Jersey, 1978-79, the Nearing family loses Rose Nearing, leaving a husband and two sons reeling with the loss. As the father slips increasingly toward drink and the collegiate older brother toward substance abuse and a career in drug smuggling, youngest son Henry has eyes for Grace, the high school senior class beauty. She reciprocates Henry's interest, despite having a steady boyfriend. What Henry takes for granted is his best friend friendship with Merna, a girl who's been there for him since childhood. Written by statmanjeff

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What if the one thing you want is the last thing you need?


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for drug use, language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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18 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flertarontas me tin katastrofi  »

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$2,650,000 (estimated)

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The yellow car which Henry (Gregory Smith) drives around is an early 1970s Volkswagen 181, known in the United States as a Volkswagen Thing. See more »


The letter carrier that delivers the mail to Henry's house is wearing a baseball style cap that wasn't part of the U.S. Postal worker's uniform until 1982, and the setting of the movie is 1978. See more »


Merna Ash: Being against the Beatles is like being against life itself.
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References The Incredible Hulk (1978) See more »


Slow Motion
Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff
Performed by Johnny Williams
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Great Coming of Age Story
18 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film! Its a great indie drama and I would definitely watch this film again. The story is a great coming of age story set in the 70's. I really loved the characters, especially Gregory Smith's character, Henry. I have been waiting for a breakthrough performance from him and this was it! His character deals with everything from family issues, regarding his brother and his father (David Morse); to girl problems, involving his crush (Jordana Brewster) and his best friend. This was definitely a job well done by Ashley Johnson, who plays Henry's best friend. Its got drama and it has its funny moments too.

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