© 2024 WFAE

Mailing Address:
WFAE 90.7
P.O. Box 896890
Charlotte, NC 28289-6890
Tax ID: 56-1803808
90.7 Charlotte 93.7 Southern Pines 90.3 Hickory 106.1 Laurinburg
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

'Grace Is Gone'

James C. Strouse's bittersweet drama observes a few crucial days in the life of a grief-stricken father who can't bring himself to tell his preteen daughters that their mother has been killed while stationed in Iraq. To keep them from finding out from neighbors, Stanley (John Cusack) takes the girls on a three-day road trip to an amusement park, looking for the right moment to tell them, while trying to work through his own grief.

Cusack adopts a hunched stance, making himself drab and nebbishy; it almost seems a showy choice, considering the smart-alecks and smooth operators he usually plays. But like the film, which eschews politics to concentrate solely on the family's grief, the performance ends up feeling restrained — and affecting.

Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.

Bob Mondello, who jokes that he was a jinx at the beginning of his critical career — hired to write for every small paper that ever folded in Washington, just as it was about to collapse — saw that jinx broken in 1984 when he came to NPR.