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Clutter (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 7 June 2013 (USA)
A family must de-clutter or lose their home.


Diane Crespo


Paul Marcarelli
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Credited cast:
Natasha Lyonne ... Lisa Bradford
Carol Kane ... Linda Bradford
Kathy Najimy ... Ethel Bradford
Maria Dizzia ... Sandra
Dan Hedaya ... Walter Bickford
Joshua Leonard ... Charlie Bradford
Daniel London ... Miles Bickford
Halley Feiffer ... Penny Bradford
James Colby ... Chuck Bradford
Andrea Rosen ... Betsy
Luke Forbes ... Sandra's Date
Heidi Schreck ... Lady in Yard
Mia Katigbak Mia Katigbak ... Mona
Maria-Christina Oliveras ... Foreclosed Mom
Rafael Sardina ... Foreclosed Dad


Charlie Bradford, an aspiring filmmaker in his 30s, is doing the best he can to distance himself from the chaos of his childhood home. But his eccentric mother Linda, a compulsive hoarder who suffers from depression punctuated by spells of manic consumption, has a tendency to keep the people and things she loves close at hand. Charlie's younger sisters still live at home with Linda: Lisa, the older of the two has a history of petty theft and works as a home healthcare aid, and Penny, who is trying to overcome her agonizing shyness is starting a a new career as a home stager in a beleaguered real estate market. When a water stain on the family's garage door is interpreted as an apparition of the Blessed Virgin, the house attracts the unwanted attention of the neighbors... and the county health department, which gives the Bradfords a week to clean up their act or lose their home. As the family attempts to clear its clutter, long-buried resentment and grief begin to surface, forcing each... Written by Clutter Crew

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Dan Hedaya what is your secret.
31 December 2018 | by juliankennedy23See all my reviews

Clutter: 6 out of 10: Carol Kane plays a mother with both a hoarding problem and three children who can not seem to get on with their adult lives.

The Good: Any movie with Carol Kane and Dan Hedaya (both are excellent by the way) is going to be worth a watch. Throw in one of my favorite reality show topics (hoarding) and you have a surefire winner. The only way they could screw this up is where the main character is a thirtysomething adult male filmmaker who can leave his mother's apron and move on with adult life.

The Bad: No points in guessing what the main character is. Joshua Leonard isn't awful in the role but good lord would someone please kill this trope with fire. I rarely watch "indie" films of this type and I am tired of it. I can't imagine how regular indie movie viewer feels.

The other two siblings are also well acted in fact everyone in the film is good. But nothing really happens. I am not just talking about the overall plot or so-called character growth. Don't get me wrong everyone has their moment to shine. Everyone gets a little charter arc to play in. There are even cute touches like a religious image appearing on the families garage door. It just feels like much ado about nothing. Barely employed adult children living with their mother make for depressing protagonists.

The Ugly: There is a family dinner in the middle of the film where we are supposed to root for Mama Kane and her adult children. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve. Am I really that wrong to be rooting for the bad guys here?

In Conclusion: Dan Hedaya what is your secret. You look better than you did in the eighties. I overall enjoyed the film though I wouldn't rush out to recommend it. The three adult children remind me of the three adult children from the series Transparent. They are not nearly as horrible as those children mind you but they still left me that non-flying the nest millennial PTSD these films seem to generate in me.

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7 June 2013 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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