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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

Flertarontas me tin katastrofi  »

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Budget:

$2,650,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$164,220, 13 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,159,038, 6 December 2006
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The plane which Shep (David Morse) and Henry (Gregory Smith) fly is a Cessna model 182, or Skylane. See more »

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When Henry is in Grace's room, she puts an album on the turn table on track one, and it plays Crimson and Clover, by Tommy James and the Shondells. In the next cut, the turn table is behind Grace and isn't spinning and the needle is off the record, but the music is still playing. During that time, the lid to the player is up, but when Henry goes into the closet for 20 minutes to wait for Grace to return, the lid is shown down, and the album has somehow changed to a Velvet Underground album. See more »

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Blair Nearing: You know what Mom used to say, don't ya, that life is good, sometimes it's not, so drunk your cup of coffee while it's hot and get on with it.
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References The Incredible Hulk (1978) See more »

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Heart of Glass
Written by Debbie Harry and Chris Stein
Performed by Band of Warhols
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John Hughes lives on!
11 June 2008 | by 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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