Jean-Louis Bompoint
EW Staff
December 03, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Grace Is Gone

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
84 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/07/07
performer
John Cusack, Alessandro Nivola, Marisa Tomei
director
James C. Strouse
distributor
The Weinstein Company
author
James C. Strouse
genre
Drama

We gave it a C

In many of his most famous roles, John Cusack is passionately verbal. Think of him talking his way past John Mahoney at Ione Skye’s front door in Say Anything, or propelling High Fidelity with his character’s highly articulate voiceover. We’re not used to seeing a restrained Cusack on screen, and that’s what helps make his understated turn in the indie Grace Is Gone such a surprise. Cusack plays Stanley, a shrinking father of two who can’t quite find the words to tell his little girls that their mother has just died in Iraq. ”A while ago, I thought, ‘I’m doing an Iraq project next, and I’m not doing anything else till I get one,”’ says Cusack. ”I was going to write it if I had to, and just as I had committed to that, Grace came along. Sometimes the universe meets your intention.” The actor has never been nominated for an Oscar, but if audiences turn out for this revelatory work, that could soon change.

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