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Personal Effects (2009)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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Country:

USA | Germany | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 March 2009 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Efectos personales See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In real life Ashton Kutcher was a biochemical engineering major at the University of Iowa. Ashton wears Iowa U sweats and hats in the movie. 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 »

Soundtracks

To Leave It Behind
(Tony Dekker (as T. Dekker))
Performed by Great Lake Swimmers
Appearance Courtesy of Weework
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An unexpectedly excellent movie
31 January 2009 | by BzBnMESee all my reviews

This movie was well written and the acting was far beyond my expectations.

Not that the whole cast isn't already great, but Ashton K was really much better than I expected him to be at acting without words... I'm used to enjoying comedy and far out roles for him...but his take on an ordinary character with problems was unexpectedly deep and rang true.

The ending and the overall message that the movie left was also a pleasant surprise. I first thought this movie was going to be a study in the gloom of sudden loss. I think viewers will smile if they watch thru to the last frame ...there's a nice little twist if you look close.


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