Movie Review: States of Grace.
I finally got around to watching States of Grace. I bought a legitimate copy on eBay. I liked it so much I bought another 14 copies from the producer, Richard Dutcher's company, Main Street Movie Company, 287 East 100 North, Provo, UT 84606.
It is a good movie. It's a great Mormon movie. Some of the secondary characters are weak, but you'd expect that in a non-Hollywood film. The only negative that sticks out is the final scene, which I thought was protracted, and perhaps a bit forced.
This is not a kids' movie. It's rated PG-13. It's not something that would have been rated R a few years ago, so I'd say PG-13 is an accurate rating. There are three murders in the movie that are essential to the plot. Except for one guy getting wounded in the second scene, the violence is like Hitchcock's "Psycho" (and Rogers' "Book of Mormon Movie") you see the blood and the aftermath but you don't see the actual knife entry or bullet entry. The second scene from the start is a drive-by shooting and is pretty-intense, but still falls within PG-13.
I recommend this movie to adults. But I think parents should watch it before allowing their children under 16 to see it.
This movie is not for someone who wants their spiritual movies to be all "sweetness and light". But yes, it is a spiritual movie.
And this is not for someone who wants to think of all LDS missionaries as totally Ned Flanders and Dudley Do-Right.
You do not have to be LDS to enjoy this movie. I think people of all faiths will "get it."
Nationally syndicated film critic Michael Medved gave it 3-1/2 stars. Eric Snider gave it an "A-".
Running time is 128 minutes.
You can buy the States of Grace movie here, for $19.59, plus $3.50 shipping.
Or a two-pack of States of Grace and the original God's Army, for $25.59.
Or a three-pack of States of Grace, the original God's Army, and Brigham City, for $39.99.
You can also get States of Grace on eBay for as low as $17.00 including shipping, from seller "brentscard". I've bought from that seller before, and have always got a good deal.