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  • Fairbanks Reader 1 year ago
    26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Gem!, August 25, 2009
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    This review is from: Personal Effects (DVD)
    This movie was a great surprise. I did not know what to expect and ended up loving it. It is like a small indie flick but it stars three well-known actors: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, and Ashton Kutcher. I was surprised by what a good actor Ashton Kutcher is.

    The movie starts out with a group of people meeting together in a grief support group. Ashton Kutcher’s sister has been murdered and Michelle Pfeiffer’s husband has been murdered. Kathy Bates plays Ashton Kutcher’s mother. Michelle Pfeiffer has a teen-aged son who is deaf. Ashton Kutcher had the potential to be a nationally recognized wrestler prior to his sister’s murder. After her murder, he returns home to be with his mother and to watch the trial. He reaches out to Michelle Pfeiffer’s son by getting him involved in wrestling. Gradually, Ashton Kutcher and Michelle Pfeiffer become attracted to each other and begin a relationship that is poignantly sweet and deep.

    I highly recommend this movie. It’s a gem.

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  • Grady Harp 1 year ago
    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Things Left Behind – ‘Good Stuff’, March 5, 2009
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    Grady Harp (Los Angeles, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: Personal Effects (DVD)
    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, March 09

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  • Idaho John 1 year ago
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    a film about death…and life, September 19, 2009
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    This review is from: Personal Effects (DVD)
    I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. The characters were well developed and the performances were well above my expectations. Michelle Pfeiffer played her role with a gentleness and vulnerability that I have rarely seen from her and Ashton Kutcher was perfect in his portrayal of a young man trying to deal with loss…and guilt.

    The film tells the story of two families attempting to come to terms with the deaths of significant family members – a father and a sister. And it portrays the various ways we have as humans of trying to cope with the loss that results from death.

    The relationships that arise from the attempts to deal with the losses are what makes this story so very precious. I am always surprised at what grows out of grief (based on personal experience) despite the tears and heartache. The emptiness left by our loved ones departure is an emptiness that awaits the arrival of something or someone new…if we only let it.

    Great movie, great perfomances, well written script and a tough subject served well by a finely crafted piece of cinematic art.

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