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Crutch (2009)

Frankie R. Faison , James Earley , Rob Moretti  |  R |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Frankie R. Faison, James Earley, Rob Moretti, Eben Gordon, Juanita Walsh
  • Directors: Rob Moretti
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Crutch, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00092ZLK8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,518 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crutch" on IMDb

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A nicely structured drama...a note of real anguish. --The NY Times

Succeeds in creating an intimacy with the audience. The story is so personal that you can't help but feel like a voyeur. --Filmcritic.com

Emotionally Riveting and Raw --TheCinemaSource.com

Product Description

An autobiographical film taken from the experiences of writer-director Rob Moretti, CRUTCH is a coming-of-age tale about a young man's struggle with family problems and substance abuse. Behind a facade of suburban middle class perfection, David's home life is falling apart. As he tries to cope with the impossible situation, the troubled and impressionable teenager falls under the spell of Kenny, a georgous, thirty-something, has-been actor turned theatre coach. When Kenny's "support" escalates into seduction, David slowly decends into an abyss of drinking and drug addition from which he must escape if he is to survive. CRUTCH is a dramatic tale of the confusion of youth and the difficulties in finding oneself.

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Dysfunctional Family Ramifications Film June 30, 2005
Format:DVD
CRUTCH is a film you want to like: it feels honest, from the heart of the autobiography of writer/director/producer/actor Rob Moretti, and it aims to deliver a statement about the dangers of drug abuse and how to conquer it. The problems with this film are 1) it all has been said and shown before, 2) the camera work and editing are so inconsistent that they become intrusive, and 3) the actors selected to enact this downfall film are pretty much folks with good intentions but little finesse. Obviously made on a very low budget with a group of people who appear committed to the project, it has everything we could want from an Indie except polish.

David (Eben Gordon - unfortunately not resembling a 16-year-old boy he is supposed to be) is trying to hold together his fragile family of adulterous father Jack (James Early), an alcoholic self-destructive mother Katie (Juanita Walsh), and brother and sister. Jack leaves the family for his paramour, Maryann is hospitalized for rehab after an injurious fall, the other siblings are copeless, and David attempts to escape reality by joining an acting class. The acting teacher Kenny (Rob Moretti), accompanied by his close friend and confidant Maryann (Jennifer Katz), encourage David's young ability and despite wise Maryann's warnings, Kenny responds to his attraction to David.

Out of need for order in his life David opens up his sexuality and becomes bonded with Kenny. Kenny's hidden drug addiction is uncovered by David and David begins to use the coke and his downfall begins. It is a love/hate relationship, David becoming the movie star Kenny's drug habit prevented. And eventually David attempts to return to his family and girlfriend only to meet with disaster until in the final moments of the film we find David in a 12-step program.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The movie isn't terrible. December 22, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
The movie isn't terrible, but it suffers with the usual laundry list of problems that are often present in gay indy films. The love affair between the teenaged man-child and the older man was a little creepy. However unethical the relationship, it wouldn't be illegal in most states. After all, the teen was 17 or 18 in the film. At times I wondered whether he was taking advantage of the older man, instead of the older man taking advantage of him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not easy to understand this film October 20, 2013
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I choose this film because of the cover picture but is completely different , very uneasy to understand , you have to see it twice ......
to much Drama for me , to less love story
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not quite the worst gay movie I have seen, but... May 29, 2013
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I applaud Rob Moretti for making this film as a tribute to his dead addicted mom, but it is a waste of time. A drug-addicted acting coach seduces a student half his age (so the script says - but actors look to be about the same age) and gets him addicted to drugs as well. The kid has a horrible family - non of whom are given any detail. But - hooray! - acting class can save us in the end. I looked up Rob Moretti to see if he had a long resume after this film. He does not. The title says Directors Cut which means he had the last word, but there is nothing to recommend this film.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good January 4, 2014
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This was worth the purchase. I can't begin to express how good this movie was. I can't wait to purchase more in the future.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the time January 2, 2014
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Plot was weak and the acting was lacking as well. Even though my expectations were low it couldn't even live up to those minimal expectations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good story poorly executed March 22, 2014
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There were some moments during this movie that were quite profound, scenes that carried the story. But other scenes I thought were poorly set up. Such as the first dinner scene. Not enough time was taken to establish the characters, so they come off as one-dimensional and even sophomoric.

It's not a terrible movie, but it's not one I would recommend to anyone either.
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1.0 out of 5 stars terrible quality video January 28, 2014
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worst streamed movie I have ever attempted to watch.Amazon needs to upgrade something or not bother putting up unwatchable movies.It may be a decent movie but trying to watch it was headache inducing.
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