Personal Effects (2009) – IMDb



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?
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The space between loss and love.


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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 »


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 »


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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)

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Catcher Song
(Tony Dekker (as T. Dekker))
Performed by Great Lake Swimmers
Courtesy of Nettwerk Productions
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