Personal Effects

March 27th, 2009







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Plot
Walter, 24, is a wrestler, competing for a spot on the national team when he learns of his sister's brutal death...

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.2/10 (4,252 voted)

Director: David Hollander

Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashton Kutcher, Kathy Bates

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?

Writers: David Hollander, Rick Moody

Cast:
Michelle Pfeiffer - Linda
Ashton Kutcher - Walter
Kathy Bates - Gloria
Spencer Hudson - Clay
John Mann - Hank
David Lewis - Brice
Rob LaBelle - Camden
Aleks Paunovic - Tom
Brian Markinson - Finneran
Sarah Lind - Annie
Alissa Skovbye - Beth
Kyle Toy - Jose
Dean Wray - Larry
Brock Johnson - Mark
Mary Black - Peggy

Taglines: The space between loss and love.

Release Date: 27 March 2009

Filming Locations: Kitsilano, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Did You Know?

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.

Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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.

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.



User Review

Things Left Behind - 'Good Stuff'

Rating: 8/10

PERSONAL EFFECTS is a solid little film written by director David Hollander and the fine novelist Rick Moody. The premise is a study of how the traumatic deaths of people affect those left behind. The story is well told, allows the audience to explore the group therapy approach offered to families of violently killed people - the various means of responding to loss, the differing reactions from those who cannot let go of the hate they have for losing a loved one, and introduces an interesting concept of having one of the characters who narrates the film be a deaf mute young man!

Gloria (Kathy Bates) is the mother of twins - the girl was been brutalized and murdered and the boy Andrew (Ashton Kuchter) has left his career as a wrestler to return to the scene of the crime to mourn his sister and to demand the perpetrator be convicted and imprisoned: his career has been put on hold and he ekes out a living dressed as a chicken for a fast food chicken restaurant. During the ongoing twin's trial, Andrew meets Linda (Michelle Pfeiffer) whose alcoholic husband has been killed and she is left to support her teenage deaf mute son Clay (Spencer Hudson). Through series of grieving meetings and periods of isolation on the part of each of the characters, each finds ways to support the other and a love affair develops between the older Linda and the younger Andrew as he agrees to accompany her to her various weddings for which she serves a planner. How these characters comes to grips with resolution of their losses is well tied together by film's end.

This is not a great movie, but the performances by the leads are quite fine. This is a movie with a message, one that delves into territory with which many are not familiar, and for that reason alone it is well worth watching. Grady Harp









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