Grace Card, The
Recommended for ages 12 and over
Theatrical Release: 2/25/2011
Video Release: 8/16/2011
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Howard Klausner
Producer: Howard Klausner
Director: David G. Evans
Runtime: 90 min.
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Michael Joiner,
Louis Gossett Jr.
After Mac loses his son, bitterness leaves him angry with God ... and everyone else. Can he and his new patrol partner join forces to help one another when it's impossible to look past their differences-especially the most obvious one?
David Evans has been a non-film director for many years, having directed several successful Passion plays for his home church. His experience shows as his first gig as a film director is handled with craftsman-like skill. He successfully engages the audience in a gritty story about a racist police officer. David Evans wrote the story which was then turned into a screeplany by Howard Klausner. Bill "Mac" McDonald who constantly fights with his seventeen-year-old son Blake. Mac is repressing some seventeen years of pain and guilt over the loss of his young son, Blake's older brother, who was killed by a speeding criminal when the boy was riding his bike.
Mac, played terrifically by Michael Joiner, battles racist views because the criminal who hit his son was African American. Mac's poor long-suffering wife, Sarah, constantly badgers Mac to work at his relationship with Blake, the forgotten and neglected son. But Mac seems to only see the negative. When Mac is assigned a new partner on the force, Sam Wright (Michael Higgenbottom), a part-time pastor and full-time policeman, he is forced to work with an African-American man who confronts him with offers to help him spiritually.
Faced with a new tragedy, Mac realizes he is in danger of losing the one son he has left, and he must decide to either remain angry at God or turn to him for help. This is a powerful story with a moving ending, dashed with bits of humor along the way.
The Grace Card is a powerful story about forgiveness with some realistic violence of police officers dealing with crime. We award "The Grace Card" our Dove Family Approved Seal for audiences over age 12.
Language: Hell as a place-1; "Freakin'"-1; Racist man almost says the "N-word" but stops short.
Violence: A boy is struck by a speeding car but it is more implied than seen; a character is hit by a bullet and bleeds; a baby is briefly seen with blood on its body; wife slaps husband in anger; an angry father throws things around the house.
Drugs: Beer with a meal; another scene with man drinking a beer at a bar.
Other: Racism is displayed against blacks and hispanics but a racist character changes; a black criminal calls a police officer "white boy"; church services along with Bible verses; prayer over food; the pain of dealing with death.