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A beautiful film, better than most theatrical releases,
This review is from: Personal Effects (DVD)
I rented this movie on a sort of lark, thinking from the scant, critical reviews I'd read online that it might be an amusing dud where Ashton Kutcher tries to act and can't. Was I ever wrong! This is a beautiful, sensitive and deeply moving drama that had me literally at the edge of my seat by the end of it. Michele Pfeiffer is brilliant, and Ashton Kutcher a fine dramatic actor who reminded me a bit of Woody Harrelson in his portrayal. This movie is better than 90 percent or more of regular theatrical releases, and I can't understand why it went straight to DVD. The supporting cast, including Kathy Bates as a grieving mother, is wonderful; the story, written by the author of the highly acclaimed "The Ice Storm" original and very affecting. It brought to mind both "In the Bedroom" and "Little Children." I'd like to buy it and watch it again. It makes me think Kutcher could have a future as a leading man.
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Initial post: Jul 5, 2012 12:03:12 AM PDT
Mark O. Avery says:
Finally received my copy this evening after waiting
too long (3 yrs.) to order. I supportively echo your
review and gave Ashton 'props' for this film when re-
leased. Pfeiffer & Bates remain estimable and garnered
more of my respect with "Personal Effects". A fine gem
of a film.
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