Getting Grace (2017)

  • Time: 112 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Daniel Roebuck
  • Cast: Daniel Roebuck, Madelyn Dundon, Marsha Dietlein


Grace, a teenage girl dying of cancer, crashes a funeral home to find out what will happen to her after she dies, but ends up teaching awkward funeral director Bill how to celebrate life.

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  • Yes, Getting Grace is about a teenaged girl with terminal cancer but it isn’t the usual dying teenaged girl movie. The characters are three dimensional with forces driving them that have nothing to do with the girl. She isn’t so much grabbing for life as she’s passing it out but if you don’t get her you may miss it. Thus the title.
    Daniel Roebuck wrote, directed, and is one of the leads. Jeff Lewis is also credited with writing the script and the balance shows. The whole story is on the screen and it’s a strong but funny story. Lewis and Roebuck tell a story that is adult without nudity, profanity, violence, or pretention. A good movie always starts with a good story and Lewis and Roebuck have given that to us.
    As the director Roebuck carries through with the story. He keeps the action at a good pace and doesn’t leave us wadding in sentiment until the story, of necessity, gets there too. Several of the actors are new to film and Roebuck has guided the performances without losing any of the spontaneity they have on screen. After this film, it’s a shame Roebuck hasn’t directed and written more movies.
    Madelyn Dundon doesn’t have a huge resume of movies but she sure knows what do in one. She plays the title character as a determined girl who hears a clock ticking. Dundon even does the last minutes of her character’s life with all the physical difficulties but she never loses sight of Grace. Roebuck plays Bill Jankowski, a funeral director, who Grace befriends. During the course of the movie Bill unwinds and reveals himself to Grace. Roebuck handles those emotional transitions well.
    Marsha Dietlein plays Grace’s mother Venus and probably has the most difficult role to play as she moves through both her character’s life and the fact that character losing her only child. Everything is a logical development within the story and Dietlein handles it with honesty.
    Diane Wagner plays Mary, Bill’s sister and co-funeral director, but her character is better with people and has a much happier disposition. Wagner plays her as someone who is willing to try almost anything and smile about it. Alexa McFillin plays another young cancer patient who is part of a group of kids with Grace. She does a very good job. There really isn’t a weak link in the cast. They’re Characters are all believable and suspending my disbelief wasn’t a problem at all.
    I give Getting Grace 5 chilie dogs out of 5. It’s a very entertaining movie, so much so that I missed some friends who were in it. I don’t know how long it’s going to be around but go see it. It’s playing at several area theaters.

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