I wanted to like this movie more – does that count for something? Starring John Cusack as a father struggling to tell his two girls that their mother died in Iraq, Grace Is Gone, struggles mightily for the depth and intelligence to transcend the sensibility of the Lifetime Network.

Cusack’s transformation into average joe works well enough, and I appreciate his attempt to play a real grown up, but the script and direction by James C. Strouse falls flat short of the material. Like everyone else in Hollywood, Strouse attempts to get his two cents in about the repercussions of a misguided war, but just because you have ideas and opinions, doesn’t mean they warrant a feature.

Grade: C-

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