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Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip.

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Ear Piercer
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Grace Phillips
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Woman at Funeral
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Stan Philipps's wife Grace is a sergeant with the U.S. Army. While she's posted to Iraq, the earnest Stan is home in Minnesota with their daughters, Heidi, 12, and Dawn, 8. He manages a home supply store. After morning visitors bring Stan news, he takes the girls for a car ride that turns into a spontaneous trip to Dawn's favorite place, a Florida amusement park. On the way, they stop at Stan's mother's house, where his brother is staying. Heidi is an insomniac, who tries to fathom her father's uncharacteristic behavior. Dawn is cheerfully unreflective. They have fun at the park. Stan summons his courage. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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iraq | trip | girl | store | road trip | See more »

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief strong language and teen smoking | See all certifications »

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10 January 2008 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Ella se fue  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,880 (USA) (7 December 2007)

Gross:

$50,080 (USA) (1 February 2008)
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Trivia

The film was originally going to be directed by Rob Reiner, who dropped out during pre-production for unknown reasons. The film's writer, James C. Strouse, then took over directorial duties. See more »

Goofs

In the scene that Stanley is talking to his elder daughter, Heidi, in the car asking her to think of "something fun to do" that day; a paper grocery sack is seen behind her head but it disappears as the conversation progresses. See more »

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[first lines]
Grace Phillips: [on outgoing message] Hi. You've reached Grace, Stanley, Heidi, and Dawn. We're not home right how, but if you leave a message, we'll get back to you as soon as possible.
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Grace Phillips: [leaving a message] Hi everyone, it's mom! I just wanted to call and tell you how much I'm thinking of you. Stan, I guess you're at work now. Have you had a chance to go to that group thing yet? I think its a great idea. God, it's hot here. I'm not sure when I'm going to be able to call again. It might be a ...
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 8 December 2007 (2007) See more »

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Hugging My Grudge
Written by Jonathan Owen and Peter John Hobbs
Performed by The Boy Least Likely To
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A fine tribute to those who die in war and those left to mourn.
7 August 2008 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a moving story of a man whose wife, a soldier, is killed in Iraq, and the almost unbearable task placed on him to tell his two daughters, aged 9 and 12, the terrible news. John Cusack played the part of the of the husband of the dead wife, and father of the girls, superbly. I tried to put myself in his position, having to break the news of their mother's death to the two youngsters, and it almost brought me to tears, as the end of the movie actually did.

This movie is a fitting tribute to the young Americans who fight and sometimes die for the country and for the families of those who wait for their return; when sometimes the waiting is in vain.

Whether the war is a just or unjust war or whether it's useless debacle, young men and women die whilst fulfilling what is, in their mind, their duty. The validity of the war detracts nothing from their heroism.


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