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I went to the Virginia Center Commons 20 theatre tonight to see The Grace Card at the 7:30pm show and it was sold out!  I knew several persons from a small Nazarene church were planning to buy tickets for that showing but it was unlikely that they alone could have sold out the showing.  I hope this is an answer to prayer.

Here’s the review from the McClatchy Newspapers (thanks to the Charlotte Observer); Robert W. Butler says that The Grace Card is clearly a low-budget faith movie but:

But this effort from writer/director David G. Evans gets points for soft-peddling dogma in favor of human stories. And the film benefits from a compelling performance by Michael Joiner, a Kansas City-based stand-up comic who provides a watchable center.

It’s actually a nice review with positive and critical comments:

Filmmaker Evans can’t avoid certain cliches of the genre, especially the temptation to pile on melodramatic coincidences to push Mac toward redemption.

But the performances by Joiner and Higgenbottom achieve a believable reality (even pastor Sam has problems), and “Grace Card” looks and sounds professional enough.

Variety said this amazing thing about The Grace Card:

Blessed with fine performances, credible dialogue and slick production values that belie a reportedly paltry budget, “The Grace Card” ranks among the better religious-themed indies released in recent years. Indeed, pic appears to have breakout potential comparable to that of “Fireproof,” the 2008 sleeper hit that illustrated the appeal of inspirational dramas aimed primarily but by no means exclusively at auds that value churchgoing over trend-spotting.

Time to get out and go see the movie this weekend!  Build up the numbers!



About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Mike Wilburt says:

    Until Hollywood realizes the audience potential of Faith-centered movies, low budget, independent productions will be the norm.

    I have not yet seen this film. But like the central character, I accepted Christ late in life, just 6 years ago at 54 years old. The reviewer mentions “melodramatic coincidences” that spur the redemption of the character. I would guess that the reviewer has not yet recognized that “coincidences” are “God-incidences”. And, like the central character, I found that with age and an honest look back on the bruises and scars of life, a recognition of Christ’s role over the years is not a “melodramatic” plot twist.

    I look forward to seeing this movie.

    • MIke, it’s always great to “talk to” a fellow believer in Christ! Come back again and try to go to the Grace Card this weekend.

      I would agree that Hollywood seems blind to the claims of Christ (might have something to do with we are all accountable to God) but the indie faith-based film has a clear niche audience. I also agree that a realistic portrayal of what Christ can do is more attractive than a “just accept Christ and all will be all right” genre.



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