Saturday, August 20, 2011

Review and Giveaway: Grace Card


My family sat down last night to watch a movie.  That is actually a bit unusual lately.  This time, the movie was Grace Card -- which came out on DVD just this week.

Starring Michael Joiner, Michael Higgenbottom, and Louis Gossett Jr., the basic plot line involves two cops who are opposites in so very many ways being paired up and then dealing with their differences.

Mac, the older (white) cop lost his five year old son in the opening "flashback" scene, which occurred seventeen years before the rest of the movie.  He is bitter and resentful and part of a completely dysfunctional family.  This bitterness means he can't move up in the police force, he doesn't know his 17 year old son at all, and he just wishes he were dead.

Sam, the young (black) rising star on the police force is also a part-time pastor, and has a loving family.  He and his wife pray before bed; his adorable little girls clearly love their daddy.  His biggest struggle seems to be that he started this life as a cop as a way to pay the bills while they got their church off the ground... and he struggles with whether he is called to be a pastor, or if he should be a cop.  Well, that and he struggles with his new partner who doesn't want anything to do with his 'God stuff' and resents so much about him.

Grandpa (Louis Gossett Jr.) tells Sam a story about his grandfather -- and that is the idea behind 'playing the Grace Card'... and I don't think it is a spoiler to mention that it was nice to hear something not entirely negative being stated about a slaveowner in a film dealing with race relations.

Anyway -- we all really loved the movie.  Those of you with younger kids may want to be warned that this movie does have some violence, but nothing gratuitous... I was sorry my 5 year old wasn't watching the initial scene where Mac's five-year old son is killed by a car (well, you don't actually SEE that part) as I would like to have a discussion with her about why we have the rules we do around traffic.  She'll watch at least that part with us sometime.

My bigger boys, husband and myself all highly recommend this movie.  And the previews include on the DVD are well worth watching too!

And I have a copy to give away!

To enter, you must make a comment on this post telling me why you would like to win this DVD.  Visiting the Grace Card website might help you answer that!

There are some additional ways you can enter as well.  Leave me a comment telling me which you have done for each entry:
  • Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect
  • Follow this blog via Networked Blogs
  • Like Grace Card on Facebook and tell them you entered a giveaway at Footprints in the Butter
  • Be my friend on Facebook
Every day, you can get an entry for either or both of the following:
  • post a relevant comment on any of my non-giveaway blog entries
  • share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or on your blog.  Give me a link if appropriate.
This giveaway will end on Thursday, August 25 at midnight EDT.  I will use to draw a winner and will do what I can to contact the winner.  If I am unable to easily determine an email address, or if the winner does not respond within 48 hours, I reserve the right to draw a new winner.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.


Kayla said...

I have been looking forward to seeing this movie since I first heard about it. I loved Fireproof and any other movie that portrays life and life as a Christian in a pretty real way!!!

Cristi said...

I'd love to win this video because I think it might finally be one that we could all enjoy -- too many movies only appeal to one or two of us, leaving the rest to suffer through (or fall asleep).

Cristi said...

I follow you blog on GFC.

Cristi said...

I follow with NB too.

Cristi said...

I liked Grace Card on FB and told them you were having an awesome giveaway.

Cristi said...

I'm your FB friend.

Cristi said...

I posted a comment on your Suzie Homemaker post. :)

ann said...

This sounds like a great movies. A interesting story line and one we all would enjoy.

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ann said...

I like on FB (the grace card ) and left a comment about footprints in the butter to

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Elaine said...

I love that kids can watch it too!

Tess said...

I like Louis Gossett Jr and it would be good to see a FAMILY movie for a change.

Edna Miller said...

I would LOVE to share it with family and friends...and I would enjoy it too! <3