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Nearing Grace (2005)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  18 June 2005 (USA)
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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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Henry Nearing
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Grace Chance
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Merna Ash
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Blair Nearing
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Lance
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Clement C. Haydes
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Tripp
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Shep Nearing
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Rose Nearing
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Strawberry (as Amy Minderhout)
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Spanish Teacher
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Studly Bartender
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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)
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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?

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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)  »

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Flertarontas me tin katastrofi  »

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The car which Grace (Jordana Brewster) steals, and Henry (Gregory Smith) burns is a 1969 Plymouth Fury. See more »

Goofs

When main character Henry Nearing is carded at the bar, the bartender asks if he is 21, but the drinking age in NJ in 1978 was 18 not 21. See more »

Quotes

Merna Ash: What do you want, Henry? I mean truly want?
Henry Nearing: I want to be above all the thorns.
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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Heart of Glass
Written by Deborah Harry (as Debbie Harry) and Chris Stein
Performed by Band of Warhols
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John Hughes lives on!
11 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enjoyable coming-of-age tale, set in 1979, is reminiscent of Hughes' pre-HOME ALONE efforts. A high school senior (Greg Smith) is in shock after his mom's death and begins disengaging from life. His dad (David Morse, sporting a beard and long, scraggly hair) is a hopeless doper and his brother is a chip off the old block. The only thing that keeps him from falling off the face of the earth are the women in his life: childhood pal Merna (Ashley Johnson) and the alluring and slightly crazy Grace Chance (Jordana Brewster). Based on a novel, NEARING GRACE works about half the time. It is far too predictable for anyone who has ever seen a John Hughes flick. Worth a watch, however, for Smith, who is a terrific young actor. Brewster has several semi-nude scenes, but her bony body doesn't match her beautiful face.


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