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Making the most expensive family movie ever

Posted at 7:16 PM on May 8, 2007 by Euan Kerr


Carly Schroeder, Andrew Shue, and Elisabeth Shue plot world domination through soccer

Elisabeth and Andrew Shue say their dad used to make family movies when they were kids, so perhaps it's not surprising they both ended up making films. She is the star of a host of films beginning with "The Karate Kid," through "Adventures in Babysitting" to an Oscar nominated performance in "Leaving Las Vegas." He got his screentime on "Melrose Place" and is now working more behind the camera.

They share another interest from their dad and their youth: soccer. Their father played for Harvard. Andrew played professionally for the LA Galaxy during the teams first two seasons. Elisabeth regularly played on boys teams growing up in New Jersey, earning her spot, and the respect of her team mates along the way.

Now they've made "Gracie," a movie about Elisabeth's experience. Andrew describes it as the most expensive family movie ever made. It's fictionalized in a way, but when Shue talks about the way girls sports struggled for recognition in the 70's even in the early days of Title IX she pumps her fist in triumph at how much progress has been made.

Not that it's made it much easier on girls wanting to play at the top level. Carly Schroeder who plays the title character trained for weeks with the coach of the Galaxy to develop the skills and the stamina she needed for the part.

She says she knew she had arrived on the day she saw a pick-up game in a local park, and told her mom she was going to ask for a game. She said once she scored a goal the gloves came off, but she held her own.

The film comes out in July and we'll run the interview closer to that time.

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