Chasing Grace

DVD Release: May 3, 2016
Chasing Grace


A tragic accident threatens to destroy a pastor’s family and sets into motion a complex betrayal between two brothers, while exposing secrets no one wants to face.

Pastor Jonathan Matheson lives in a world of black and white, yet finds a way to navigate the “grey in-between” to work to his advantage, while facing one of the most tragic moments of his life. Set in small-town America and woven inside a tale of redemption, “Chasing Grace” is a story of how one family takes on the burden of guilt in order to make sense of their loss. While pointing the finger of blame at his brother, Pastor Jonathan also chooses to hide from the truth while trying to escape his own personal demons. “Chasing Grace” is loosely based upon true events and provides a powerful story about the redeeming power of forgiveness.

Dove Review

“Chasing Grace” is about a family almost torn apart by tragedy and grief. Jonathan Matheson pastors a strong church and has a loving family — his wife Angela, sons Chris and David, and daughter Grace, who is about 10. They celebrate Grace’s birthday with a party, but then something goes terribly wrong. In the aftermath, the same pastor that just preached about forgiveness has to learn to practice the very thing he preached, and he must confront a side of himself that no one knows about, except for his brother. However, the pastor is not portrayed as a hypocrite, but as a man struggling with a weakness and trying to deal with extraordinary pressures and stress. Drinking is his battle.

The likable Mathesons are portrayed as a normal family, trying to cope and realizing that their faith in God is what they need to cling to. We are pleased to award this film our Faith Friendly 12+ Seal. “Chasing Grace” is more about grace chasing us…and finding us.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Husband and wife kiss.
Language: Friggin-1; Crap-2; Suck-3; Slang for testicles is used in a comment; Butt munch-1
Violence: A young girl finds a gun under a bed, and there is a tragic accident as the gun is heard going off; police officers try to run a man off the road in his car, and it goes over a cliff; a young man strikes his uncle in anger; a man learns that his mother who died years before didn't really die from an accident but from being struck; man puts gun to his head and pulls trigger, but there is no bullet in the gun or it misfires; brief scene of a young man in a fight and he winds up with a black eye.
Drugs: A character drinks and has been bailed out of jail several times for drinking; liquor bottles found in a man's truck after it was wrecked; a man has a secret drinking habit; comments about drinking; a few characters are drunk; cigarettes are smoked in a few scenes.
Nudity: Shirtless man.
Other: Death and grief; strong tension between characters; an angry young man suggests that his uncle shoot himself.


Company: Word Films
Writer: David Temple
Director: David Temple
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 96 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter