Memphis Gets Graced

On a recent Tuesday night, I went to see The Grace Card, which you may recall was filmed in Memphis and has been running in theaters here since late February. It follows a middle-aged white cop, Mac McDonald, who's fairly toxic with rage and sorrow over the death of his son 17 years ago. When he's paired with a black cop, an act that stokes his fury, Mac's on the verge of seeing his whole life unravel if he can't get a grip on himself. The moment of reckoning comes when he shoots a would-be burglar at a warehouse, then realizes the victim is his other son — a boy Mac has barely been able to look at without guilt and anger for most of the child's life. The movie had me weeping with genuine sorrow one minute — and rolling my eyes at a plot twist the next. Sure, it's flawed, but aren't we all.

What you gotta love are the Memphis landmarks — from the gritty Tennessee Brewery right down the street from our office, to St. Francis Hospital's ER. And for me, a nudge-my-husband moment came during a scene in the hospital's waiting room. Mac's black partner, Sam Wright, has been wheeled in to surgery to donate a kidney to Mac's son. (Yeah, Sam just happens to be a match.) As Sam's wife sits with her young daughters to wait out the operation, what magazine does she pick up to pass the time? You guessed it. Memphis. Nice touch. The movie deserves praise for a feat too few even attempt: portraying the lives of middle-class people and their Christian values without wielding a sledgehammer with too heavy a hand. The Grace Card won't win Oscars, but no doubt it has won some hearts.

Read more about The Grace Card here.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

Local Artist Has Hit with Adult Coloring Books

Jenean Morrison will hold an open studio/coloring book signing on Saturday, November 28th. Coloring books, prints, paintings, and fabrics will be for sale.
2015.11.24 11:40 AM

Five Things To Do This Weekend in Memphis November 27th-29th

Holiday shopping is an art in Memphis this weekend.
2015.11.26 02:00 PM

Johnny Cash in Cooper-Young

Local organizations have started a fundraising effort to put a statue of the music legend at the corner of Cooper and Walker.
2015.05.05 12:52 PM
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Stories

A Ride on the Polar Express

Through December 27th, hop aboard this train in Batesville for a ride to the North Pole.
2015.11.30 01:30 PM

Armstrong Keeps the Guessing Game Going

As previously with a premature Wharton announcement about his retirement, MPD director follows up a Strickland statement by seeming to peg his leave-taking for 2007.
2015.11.27 07:00 AM

Five Things To Do This Weekend in Memphis November 27th-29th

Holiday shopping is an art in Memphis this weekend.
2015.11.26 02:00 PM

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The “Memphis” magazine staff blog

About This Blog

“901” is the current affairs blog compiled by the staff of Memphis magazine, where readers can find breaking-news tidbits relating to all facets of life in the Bluff City. 

Edited by Shara Clark, Memphis magazine’s associate editor, this blog’s regular participants include long-time Memphis editors such as Michael Finger, Jackson Baker, Frank Murtaugh, and Kenneth Neill. “901” also includes regular contributions from Inside Memphis Business staffers Richard Alley and Eileen Townsend, as well as the staff of the Memphis Flyer.

Every Thursday our calendar editor, Julie Ray, posts her picks for the weekend's events and activities.

“901” is the place where Memphis readers can “dial in” to find fresh reporting of recent developments in our city’s political, economic, and cultural life.

Recent Posts



Atom Feed Subscribe to the 901 Feed »

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags