Gracie (PictureHouse Entertainment, 2007)
Gracie tells the story of Gracie Bowen (Carly Schroeder) who, to overcome the loss of her brother, convinces her parents Bryan and Lindsay Bowen (Dermot Mulroney and Elisabeth Shue)
and her school to let her play varsity soccer on an all-boys team. The story is partially based on Shue’s own childhood experiences. This film was a labor of love for Shue; her younger brother Andrew also stars (and produced) while her husband, David Guggenheim directed, wrote and produced the film. Her other younger brother John also produced the film as did Elisabeth herself.
Originally the film was to be based on the Shue’s older brother William who died in an accident in 1988. However as the development progressed, it ended up focusing on Elisabeth and William became more the inspiration for the character of Johnny. Elisabeth did play for an all-boys team back in 1972 at the age of 9. As she explains, she didn’t have a choice. She wanted to play and there were no girls’ team at the time. She quit in 1976 at the age of 13, mostly due to the pressure of what people would think and her own changing body. It’s a decision she continues to regret.
Gracie was produced for $9 and made $4 million from its limited box office release and a further $3 million in rentals.