Gracie's Choice

7.51 h 28 min2004X-Ray16+
Threatened again with foster care as a result of her drug-addicted mother's behavior, Gracie attempts to keep herself and her siblings together-by fighting the courts to become legally emancipated from her mother and be named the boys' adoptive parent.
Peter Werner
Kristen BellDiane Ladd
English [CC]
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4.8 out of 5 stars

577 global ratings

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Kira S.Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Feel-good movie
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I love watching Kristen Bell and having Anne Heche as the villain just added that much more to the movie. This is supposedly based on a true story. I don't know how much is factual, but it is a real feel-good movie, despite the horrible mother who is constantly bringing drug dealers into her children's lives. Her tantrum at the end, not to mention the expression on Kristen Bell's face, is worth it all. When you're feeling like the world is full of lousy human beings, watch this movie. Sure, some of the people in here are lousy, but Gracie, Kristen Bell's character, and her siblings are definitely the exception. Sad to say, even the grandmother disappoints at times. But not Gracie.
20 people found this helpful
Dawn HerringReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I watched this on Prime. It was one of the most riveting stories I've watched, especially since it was based on true events. Although I read the guidelines ahead of time and new what the final story outcome would be, that didn't change the fact that I really appreciated how well done this movie was. The reality of this story was portrayed in such a way that it truly drew me in and was an emotional experience. I highly recommend it.
15 people found this helpful
Uncle WickReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hit home on so many levels.
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This movie hits home on so many levels. So much of it I can say (though in my own life) is a very accurate portrayal of how it really works. I do not think anyone can watch this and not love it. The strength of this young lady is unmatched.
18 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 2, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
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This is an oldie, but a goodie. Performances by all lead actresses are well done. Anne Heche is despicably wonderful as the ne'er do well mother. It's sad that this is based on a true story, but as a former DFCS worker myself, I've seen worse. It'd be great to know how Gracie & the boys & their sister all turned out.
8 people found this helpful
Amante dei GattiReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Truly Inspiring Story
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I'm sure that only someone raised in an abusive family could fully relate to this movie, but it is such a touching story of the unselfish love of an oldest sibling for her half-siblings--she puts her own life, when she is just a kid herself, on hold to adopt her younger brothers when their mother is incapable of leaving her drug addiction and promiscuous lifestyle. And she breaks the cycle of abuse and neglect, gets an education, and raises her kids as she was never raised--with love and care in a stable home. Well worth the watch. In my estimation, a fantastic movie.
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ChrisSherrillReviewed in the United States on February 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well done
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The triumph of love – that’s what “Gracie’s Choice” is about, and, yes, it is about the triumph of the human spirit, too. It’s a feel-good movie, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Gracie, the oldest of five siblings with five different fathers, is determined to do whatever it takes to protect and provide a stable home for those siblings. Anne Heche, who has never impressed me with her acting, impressed me. She was excellently despicable as the appallingly narcissistic mother of the five kids. Diane Ladd does well as the grandmother who cannot say no to her wayward daughter, even though her daughter has never lived up to even one of her promises. The true star of the movie is Kristen Bell who plays the true star of the actual story, Gracie, whose love for her siblings overrides every other aspect of her life, even her own love interest. It’s a sad and, in places, disturbing story. I wonder if the true-to-life family faced as much trouble and lack of concern from the care workers as was shown in the movie. I suspect that it was for effect as we all believe the authorities are louses, which is not true. I was a foster parent for some years in two different states, and I know first-hand that the case workers try very hard to keep families together. It’s easy to recommend this movie.
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JayReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Role Reversal Story of an Immature, abusive Drug Addict Mom & very mature, responsible Kids
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The movie started off with a Drug Bust Bang and we watch a pretty, teenage looking Mother shove her Kids into a dilapidated ignoring her Children's desperate pleas to take the Dog. Nope! We get to see the poor Dog chase after the family car down the road and thus begins the predictable tale of Life's Lower Realms. (Wondering whatever happened to the Dog becomes an obsessive and somewhat distracting under current for the rest of the Film).

If you are looking for a bit of "emotional exploitation", you've got it here. Decent Actors struggled to work interest into a poorly written Screenplay that seems to have no beginning, middle or end. Its a one note story that goes from one angsty moment to the next. Filmed in a style that says 70's Made for TV movie.

If you want to spend your time watching the suffering of Children trying to eek out some semblance of childhood in an over the top, poorly told story, this one is for you. If there was any welling of tears in my eyes, it was for the Film itself and time wasted.

A great Film for Insomniacs - guaranteed to nod you off.
CharmingReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Grace's Choice
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A very good movie. The single mom had 2 girls (older) and 2 boys (younger,) She looked into marrying rich with drug dealers. This way, she
paid no attention to all her children. She was not home. In fact, her old mom (retired) took good care of these kids to her final day.

This movie was about the oldest sister, Grace of 16. She applied for legal guardian status against her bad mother. A long way to go. Her younger sister dropped high school and married to a young truck driver. After school hours, Grace had to work everyday as a waitress for money and food. Every night, she must finish her school work and teach her two young brothers. A mother's job.

What is the wonderful ending? Very positive. Go buy this movie DVD.
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