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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 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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The space between loss and love.

Genres:

Drama

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

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Was given a very limited release in theaters despite its A-list cast. See more »

Goofs

Linda offers Walter a Marlboro Red cigarette outside the courthouse. He declines. She then pulls a cigarette out of the pack and lights it. The cigarette, and filter, are completely white. Marlboro regulars are white with a brown filter. See more »

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

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The Sweetheart Stone
(Dave Caughey and Lauren Connor)
Performed by Dave Caughey
Courtesy of Indy Hits Music
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A Bit Contrived, but Still Effective
15 November 2010 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

I have to admit, I started with a prejudice against Ashton Kutcher. I should have learned from my initial unsubstantiated dislike of Brad Pitt. He is one of those handsome young men whose movie credentials haven't been impressive. I wonder if perhaps that stems from lack of opportunity. I see a film like this as a transitional one where we can see his acting ability. He does a nice job with the angst and anger brought about by the utter unfairness of life. Bad things happen and justice isn't done and we shouldn't pass judgment on a life if we don't have some real knowledge of that person. I liked the chemistry between the two leads. The relationship with the deaf son was a bit of a reach. There's no reason they communicated so badly. There is written speech, lip reading, and other forms of communication; even the most basic elements of sign language. It makes Kutcher's character seem rather shallow to think that he would spend so much time with this boy and still not literally understand him. Things do get a bit contrived at the end (I won't spoil it), but if you want to take away a single thing from this film. realize the pain that is life and the possibilities that those painful things can hand you.


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