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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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Rick Rosenthal

Writers:

Scott Sommer (novel), Jacob Estes (screenplay) (as Jacob Aaron Estes)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Smith ... Henry Nearing
Jordana Brewster ... Grace Chance
Ashley Johnson ... Merna Ash
David Moscow ... Blair Nearing
Chad Faust ... Lance
Brian Doyle-Murray ... Clement C. Haydes
Logan Bartholomew ... Tripp
David Morse ... Shep Nearing
Shannon Day ... Rose Nearing
Amy Main ... Strawberry (as Amy Minderhout)
Raissa Fleming Raissa Fleming ... Spanish Teacher
Noah Rosenthal ... Studly Bartender
Courtney Taylor-Taylor ... Prom Band - The Band of Warhols
Brent DeBoer Brent DeBoer ... Prom Band - The Band of Warhols
Jon Fell 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?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Box See more »

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Budget:

$2,650,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The white van outside Henry's home in one scene is a 1983-1991 Ford Econoline. See more »

Quotes

Henry Nearing: [caught sneaking home through his bedroom window] Don't you know it's impolite to enter your son's room without permission?
Shep Nearing: Why you always sneaking in and out your window?
Henry Nearing: It's easier for one to just go than to explain where one is going.
Shep Nearing: And how come you always sound like you're quoting fortune cookies lately?
Henry Nearing: I think answers always leads to more questions.
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Connections

References Easy Rider (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Uh-Oh Love Comes to Town
Written by David Byrne
Performed by Talking Heads
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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John Hughes lives on!
11 June 2008 | by ctomvelu-1See 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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