Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG Length: 102 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 12+. Lots of sassy backtalk from a teenage girl to her father, including lies to him and her mother; a teen girl running away from home; discussion of her father’s past with drugs and alcohol; the suggestion of sexual content, like a young actor discussing with a friend how he plans to trick a girl into sex; and some underage drinking. But because this is a faith-based film, all of these subjects are introduced, danced around, and then swiftly rejected, so there’s no way you could watch the film and think any of this was presented positively.
The purpose of ‘Grace Unplugged,’ to introduce to teenagers the importance of maintaining their faith, is admirable. But the way the story is presented in half-measures, without any serious stakes and with an expected plot and conclusion, makes it unsurprising—and therefore ineffective.
By Roxana Hadadi
There is nothing inherently wrong with a faith-based film; I can understand the purpose—entertainment that still reinforces the tenets of Christianity. But “Grace Unplugged” does not entertain. It clobbers you over the head with its message, with its simplistic notion of teenage rebellion and its very cut-and-dry notions of a personal relationship with God. But interestingly, the film almost Others its own characters—it in some ways rejects interacting with others who aren’t of the faith. The message of “Grace Unplugged” becomes one of exclusiveness, not inclusiveness.