Grace Of My Heart

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -2 1/2

This fictional romantic drama is loosely based on the life of Carole King, a writer of pop music songs in the 1960s and '70s in New York City. Edna Buxton (Illeana Douglas) teams up with music producer Joel (John Tuturro) and is given the name of Denise Waverly (Illeana Douglas). The story follows her funny and heartbreaking experiences as she develops both her song writing and singing careers. It also portrays her two unhappy, traumatic marriages, as well as her romantic interest in a married music critic. The acting is competent and a number of catchy musical numbers are performed, but the story is often too dreary to be very entertaining.

Denise and most of the other characters in this story are reasonably likable people, but lack any moral or spiritual base upon which to live their lives. Denise has a promiscuous sex life and there are a few implied sex scenes, with passionate kissing and undressing, but no nudity. And the characters do not hesitate to spew out many obscenities and profanities. One instance of full breast nudity occurs in a hippie commune. Alcohol drinking and marijuana smoking occur a few times, both portrayed as acceptable. The film is too sexually graphic and crude to be good viewing

Preview Reviewer: John Evans
Gramercy Pictures, 9247 Alden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (6) times - Mild 3, Moderate 3

Obscene Language: Many (35) times - F-word 25, s-word 9, other 1

Profanity: Many (15) times - Regular 9 (GD, God's/Christ's sake), Exclamatory 6

Violence: Few times - Moderate (rough treatment; suicide, not shown)

Sex: Few (4) times Implied (bedroom scenes, no nudity)

Nudity: Once - Full breast nudity; Near nudity - few times (low-cut dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few (3) times (references to intercourse)

Drugs: Few times (alcohol and marijuana smoking)


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Intended Audience: Adults

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