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2.8 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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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: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00092ZLK8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,429 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crutch" on IMDb

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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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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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How's this for meta - Eben Gordon shines playing the real life Rob Moretti who gives us a solid directorial debut. However the self-destruction after early success in the entertainment business is way too common a story both on film and in real life (google most child stars). I can understand director Moretti's need to exorcise demons from his past but the material felt more appropriate for the intimacy of the stage than being blown up to big screen size. Actor Moretti walks a fine line by playing a second billed character in his real life tale as well as directing the whole affair. Props for almost pulling it off. Looking forward to the next Moretti enterprise and sadly disappointed by the disappearance of Eben Gorden who shows the acting chops and looks that should have produced a body of work beyond this film but does not appear to have made.
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This movie was interesting seeing the content. It starts off with a student and teacher. The teacher starts a love affair with a student who's coming to his own sexuality and drugs and alcohol soon takes over the relationship. What makes it more tragic is the teen has major family trouble. Basically shows the raw urges of a teacher and a student who find lust for one another and ends the only way it can.

Though the beginning of their relationship begins beautifully, it ends in a tragic break up. Both end leaving each other, never to speak of their fling again. This movie is based on actual life events. Interesting but very taboo! Definitely shows not all love stories end in paradise.
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By Sammie on November 26, 2005
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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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Some of the story was hard to follow. By the time it was over it made a more since too me. The Male actors who where of course the lead characters Where actual very good the story itself was just a "crutch" in a bad way..
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Impressive effort for a indie production - far too many gay indie movies veer off into fantasies of "what I would have done differently knowing what I know now" or other flights of fantasy. Some good and some bad. Moretti wrote a heart wrenching, apparently truthful story about his early days with a adulterous father, distant older brother and screwed up sister and alcoholic mother. I have worked with people who have gone through AA and come out the other side sober and productive and this story is not unlike some of their stories. Could the production have been a little better directed and edited? Sure. Is it a bit hard to see the lead, Eben Gordon, as really a 16 year old kid - yeah but no more so than Teen Wolf or any other film where the characters are really in their 20's or early 30's yet are playing high school teenagers. Gordon does a good job portrying the screwed up, emotional roller coaster the kid is on dealing with his life. Moretti does a good job of portraying the drug addicted, controlling and conflicted jerk who uses the young an even as he realizes the kid has some talent - leading him off into the same self destructive cycle that destroyed the old man's career. Ms Katz did a good job as the woman trying to be a friend but also a conscience but not doing a good job of either. The brother and sister could have been better developed not to mention the father is painted as a complete jerk which maybe he was and maybe was just so messed up from dealing with the alcoholic wife he had to run. It is hard to tell because of the way it is written, especially with the occasional effort to have him come in and try to do something to help the kids.Read more ›
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