Grace Unplugged: Must See Movie Sings a Song of Redemption & Dreams Come True

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Grace Unplugged

Grace Unplugged

About a month ago, I took my husband on a date to the movies. I’m lucky to frequently receive invitations to advance screenings. Sometimes they are good, sometimes a bit short of the mark, so I often attend alone. A sneak peek at the Grace Unplugged movie trailer told me this was the perfect film to see with Greg, my guitar playing, music ministry volunteering, ER doc/rocker husband.

Take two minutes and watch the trailer and I think you’ll find yourself anxious to see the full story:

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Here’s the blueprint:

Grace Unplugged stars Amanda “AJ” Michalka as 18-year-old Christian singer/songwriter Grace Rose Trey, who plays guitar and leads worship with her dad Johnny (James Denton). Her dad is a former rock star who has left his secular career behind and is now a worship leader at their small-town Alabama church. Grace is restless for her own shot at pop stardom, and seizes on an opportunity to go to L.A., against the wishes of her family. Cutting off contact with her parents, Grace seems prepared to walk away from her Christian faith and music to achieve her Hollywood dream.  Will the experience cause her to reject her faith or rediscover it?  GRACE UNPLUGGED is a modern day prodigal-daughter story and is Rated PG.

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AJ Michalka and James Denton in Grace Unplugged

Sadly, sometimes well intentioned Christian-oriented films fall short when it comes to production values or acting. That’s definitely not the case with Grace Unplugged. There are so many great actors in the film, but I have to especially commend James Denton and AJ Michalka for the real emotions that flow in their highly-charged onscreen Daddy-Daughter relationship. I’m a “Daddy’s Girl”, so I was on high alert for phoniness or a lack of intensity, but actually found the opposite. The love, the conflict, and the ultimate surrender and resolution between this pair of musically gifted performers is at the heart of what makes Grace Unplugged work so well. At its core, this is the story of a “prodigal” and her journey not only to pursue her dreams, but also her journey to really claim her faith in God for her very own, perhaps for the first time in her life.

At the end of the film, as the audience roared with applause, Greg and I sat in our seats speechless for a moment. We had both LOVED this film. And saying that Greg “loves” something is a high mark to hit — he was particularly blown away by the acting, but also by the quality of the music (which could — and likely will — merit a blog post all its own).

Grace Unplugged is a must see film. But let me go a step further: it’s a “must see on opening night” film. Not only because of the incredible parable it tells, but also because of the message our families send when we sell out high quality, family friendly movies. Hollywood is a tough master — in order for us to continue to have access to top notch, non-yucky entertainment, we have to show up and sell out these opening nights. We have to demand the best for our budgets, and for our families.

Grace Unplugged opens in theaters on October 4, 2013. Purchase your tickets now for opening night here and plan now for a family date night you’ll all enjoy.

Learn more about Grace Unplugged at www.GraceUnplugged.com.

Copyright 2013 Lisa M. Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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