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SUBJECTS — Health; U.S./1991 - present;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Families In Crisis; Mother/Daughter; Parenting;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Responsibility; Caring.
Age: 12+; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Drama; 91 minutes; Color.
Gracie's Choice is the story of a teenage girl with four younger siblings, a drug-addicted mother, and co-dependent grandmother. Gracie manages to keep her family together through hard work and perseverance, eventually convincing a court to allow her to adopt her younger brothers over her mother's objections. At the end of the movie, Gracie is living the life of a single mother and bettering herself by taking courses at a community college. Most of the movie is an accurate representation of reality. The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide tells what is true and what was left out.
This movie shows the devastating effects of drug addiction on a family and codependence in operation. However, the most important lesson comes from the actions of Gracie, a girl who overcomes great difficulty, keeps her family together, and progresses with her life. Gracie's Choice will give students in health classes a visceral understanding of these lessons. In English Language Arts classes, the movie will motivate students and drive assignments.
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Gracie's Choice is a great story that tells children that if they have the drive and are willing to work hard, nothing is beyond them.
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