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Personal Effects (2009)

R | | Drama | 27 March 2009 (Taiwan)
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A 24 y.o. wrestler/McJob man meets a mom 20+ years older at group therapy for family of murder victims (sister and husband). He helps her deaf teenage son. She invites him to weddings. They await convictions on the murder trials.

Director:

David Hollander

Writers:

David Hollander (screenplay), Rick Moody (short story "Mansion of the Hill")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Linda
Ashton Kutcher ... Walter
Kathy Bates ... Gloria
Spencer Hudson Spencer Hudson ... Clay
John Mann ... Hank
David Lewis ... Brice
Rob LaBelle ... Camden
Aleks Paunovic ... Tom
Brian Markinson ... Finneran
Sarah Lind ... Annie
Ali Skovbye ... Beth (as Alissa Skovbye)
Kyle Toy ... Jose
Dean Wray ... Larry
Brock Johnson Brock Johnson ... Mark
Mary Black ... Peggy
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Storyline

Walter, 24, is a wrestler, competing for a spot on the national team when he learns of his sister's brutal death. He comes home to help his mother; he works out, takes a dead-end job, and goes to the trial of the accused murderer. He becomes friends with Linda, her husband murdered; she's raising a teen son, Clay, who's deaf. Walter gets Clay into wrestling. He accompanies Linda to events at a center where she works. He sees her at the courthouse. They wait for verdicts. Walter's mother takes her daughter's things to a rummage sale. Clay has his father's pistol. How will grief express itself? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

The space between loss and love.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Personal Effects See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$471,645
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ashton Kutcher's personal favorite of his movies. See more »

Goofs

When Linda and Walter are riding on the bus, she spots someone on a side street. They start yelling for the bus driver to stop, which he eventually does. But when we see them stepping off the bus, it's right at the corner of the street where the person is. They would have had to walk back at least a block. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Clay: I collect goldfish. I keep them in a small tank in my bedroom. Other kids my age like dogs - if they like animals at all. But for me, it's goldfish. I understand them, living under water in a little bowl, hearing nothing, just watching everything through glass.
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Connections

References Late Show with David Letterman (1993) See more »

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Catcher Song
(Tony Dekker (as T. Dekker))
Performed by Great Lake Swimmers
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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Decent Movie
23 November 2009 | by samson01991See all my reviews

Decent movie, but I found myself lost in several areas. I was not impressed with synopsis surrounding Ashton Kutcher and Michelle Pfeiffer's characters. It was weak in many areas, personal relationship, where the characters drew their strength and weaknesses from. I found myself being bored in many parts, and had to come back to the storyline several times to keep my interest intact. Kathy Bates did very well with the limited material provided, and understood some of the areas where humor was included and needed. I was more impressed with Aleks Paunovic and Spencer Hudson, and would like to have seen their characters expanded much more in the movie. It's a shame, and I would have rated it higher were this the case. Paunovic and Hudson appear to be excellent actors!


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