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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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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


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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.)
  • 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 (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00092ZLK8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crutch" on IMDb

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ian on April 8, 2005
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Wonderfully filmed, poignant story, fantastic actors. An impressive film to say the least. I hope to see it in wide release so all can enjoy. The story is a coming of age story of an endearing young man and his struggles with addiction, family, and love. Writer/Director/Actor Rob Moretti must have had a roller-coaster of a ride creating this film. It is charged with honesty, hardship, and an underlying theme of Making/Creating and fighting the Unmaking/Destroying. The demons of this film reside in each of the characters, but they are ousted by the goodness and will of those same characters. Eben Gordon is brilliant. I can't wait to see his next project. He plays David, the protagonist. His execution of character development reminds me of Edward Norton's in "American X". He goes from young and innocent to hardened and wiser within a wonderfully timed and subtle arc.

Rob Moretti impresses as David's mentor, Kenny. The relationship these two actors create is potent, real, and honest. It brings to mind the torrential joy and disaster of my first love certainly. With everything else Moretti must have dealt with on set as director/writer I find it very impressive that he and Gordon created such synergy. Most of the other actors did very well, though I would have loved to see more of Frankie Faison as Jerry. An intricate film and wonderful experience. It was very impressive.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sammie on November 26, 2005
Format: DVD
No, this is not a hollywood film with perfect editing and cool special effects. But I think the way it was filmed fits the story. This is a house of dysfunction and the camerawork helps make it very personal, like you're right in the middle of it. The actors are fabulous, most especially Eben Gordon. I think he plays David's vulnerable side and shows how he changes very well. He's an extremely talented young man and I hope to see much more of him. If you're only into the hollywood style movie, this is not for you. But if you're in the mood for something dark, and a little different, this is definitely worth a look. It is sure to have an impact.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David G. Zak on 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 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Simon on September 14, 2014
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A sensitive depiction of a boy in his late teens who onherent nature begins to emerge after he meets a charismatic acting coach, played very convincingly by talented actor Rob Moretti.
There is no holding back as the film explores difficult themes like coming out,
sexual gratification commingled with codependency, addiction and alcoholism.
While these are not easy issues for the central character, and some of the other
people in his life to deal, there is a message of hope delivered along the way.
The film does not shy away from the fact that dreams can be shattered, and lives lost , for someone on this path. I think this film set the stage for the brilliant 2013 film TRUTH by Rob Moretti !
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