'Grace Unplugged' Named Most Inspiring Film Of the Year, Released to DVD Today

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By Emma Koonse , Christian Post Reporter
February 11, 2014|3:32 pm

The hit family film "Grace Unplugged" is now available on DVD just days after winning The Movieguide Award's Epiphany Prize as the Most Inspiring Film of the Year.

Starring James Denton, A.J. Michalka, Shawnee Smith and Kevin Pollack, the musical drama follows a complicated father/daughter relationship and explores the darker side of Hollywood. The film was released to theaters on October, but hit stores everywhere on Feb. 11 on DVD.

Grace Unplugged
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Cover for Grace Unplugged book.
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"Grace Unplugged" beat out box-office hits including "Man of Steel" and "42" at The Movieguide Awards in Los Angeles last week. In addition to earning Moveieguide's Epiphany Prize, the film's stars Michalka and Denton picked up a Best Actor award apiece for their roles.

"What an exciting and humbling honor," writer/director Brad J. Silverman said after learning of Moveiguide's award for "Grace Unplugged."

"Our goal from the beginning was to make a movie that would entertain and inspire families- and to have Movieguide recognize us for doing that is more special than I can put into words," he added.

In winning the Epiphany Prize, "Grace Unplugged" joins the ranks of films such as "The Passion of the Christ," "The Blind Side," and Kirk Cameron's "Fireproof," among many other favorites.

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"Grace Unplugged" follows Grace, a beautiful and talented singer who embarks on a journey to stardom, and eventually back to herself. The teen is portrayed by Disney star Michalka in a powerful performance alongside "Desperate Housewives" star Denton, who plays Grace's celebrity-turned-pastor father named Jonny. When the father and daughter fail to see eye-to-eye, it does not take long for Grace to decide to chase her dreams on her own terms- in Hollywood.

Watching the film, the audience can relate to Jonny's frustration with his daughter after his efforts to get through to her are in vain. "Grace Unplugged" tackles the battles every parent encounters with his or her teenaged children, and sheds light on the support offered through the church. The film also boasts a star-studded soundtrack and appearances by Christian artists Jamie Grace, Chris Tomlin and TobyMac, among others.

Watch the trailer for "Grace Unplugged" here.

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