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!
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