Nearing Grace (2005)

R  |   |  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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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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Release Date:

18 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flertarontas me tin katastrofi  »

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$2,650,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


The plane which Shep (David Morse) and Henry (Gregory Smith) fly is a Cessna model 182, or Skylane. See more »


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 »


Merna Ash: Being against the Beatles is like being against life itself.
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References Easy Rider (1969) See more »


Let's Go
, "Heart of Glass" and "Air That I Breathe"
were performed by Band of Warhols
and were produced and recorded for the film by Greg Williams at The Odditorium
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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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