I was flipping through channels the other day, looking for something to watch while I knitted. I didn’t really expect to find anything worth watching because, let’s face it, there’s a lot of junk on TV. But, to my surprise, I came across this:
Grace Unplugged is the story of a young Christian woman, Grace (AJ Michalka), who sings in the worship band at her church. Her father, Johnny Trey (James Denton), is a worship pastor who left the rock ‘n roll world after one hit song. When an old friend shows up offering him the chance for a comeback, Johnny declines – but Grace sees it as her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and runs away to Los Angeles.
There, she is thrust into an unfamiliar world that she has only dreamed of. Eventually she has to decide whether she is going to embrace this new life, or if she is going to hold onto her faith and reconcile with her family.
It is so hard to find films (that aren’t Disney) that I can watch with my daughters. So I’m really excited when I find something like Grace Unplugged. There is no nudity, no swearing, no violence, and even though the setting is the LA music industry, there is no ‘sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll’. These things are hinted at, but it’s not on-screen, in-your-face.
I like Grace, though there are moments when I want to smack her for being a bit whiny and ungrateful. I think AJ Michalka plays her well, and I was rooting for her to make the right choices and not give up on her faith.
I also think James Denton did well as the father who didn’t want his little girl to grow up and make the wrong choices that he did. I think that’s something that all parents can relate to. I know there are life lessons I’ve learned that I hope my daughters don’t have to learn the hard way.
Sure, there are moments of cheesiness, but on the whole, this is a good movie with a great, positive message.
I think this is something we’ll be adding to our DVD collection. There is a lot of good discussion that can come out of watching it as a family.
Have you seen ‘Grace Unplugged’? What other movies would you recommend for family watching?