Personal Effects (2008 film)

Personal Effects is a 2008 romantic drama film directed by David Hollander and starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Ashton Kutcher and Kathy Bates. It is based on the short story "Mansion on the Hill" from Rick Moody's book Demonology. The film premiered in Iowa City on December 12, 2008, as part of a fundraiser for Iowa Flood Relief. The DVD was released on May 12, 2009.

Personal Effects
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Hollander
Screenplay byDavid Hollander
Based on"Mansion on the Hill"
by Rick Moody
Produced by
CinematographyEllito Davis
Edited byLori Jane Coleman
Music byJóhann Jóhannsson
  • Insight Film Studios
  • Tadora KG
  • Three Rivers Entertainment
  • Gil Netter Productions
  • Picture Park Productions
Distributed byScreen Media Films
Release date
  • December 12, 2008 (2008-12-12) (Iowa City)
  • March 5, 2009 (2009-03-05) (United States; limited)
Running time
110 minutes

The film was filmed in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area.


Walter is a young wrestler trying to deal with the brutal death of his sister. He returns home to help his mother Gloria and niece. After getting a dead-end job at Mega Burger as a chicken (wearing a yellow chicken suit) who stands outside and offers samples to passing pedestrians, he meets Linda, a beautiful older woman who is a widow and works as a wedding planner. Her alcoholic husband was murdered by his friend in a bar and she has a deaf and mute son named Clay, who misses his father and has repressed anger towards the killer. As both Linda and Walter try to cope with the pain and frustration of their loss, the two bond—their shared tragedies spawning an unlikely and beautiful romance. Walter befriends Clay and gets him into wrestling.


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In March 2009, it was released in United States.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Personal Effects (2009) - David Hollander". AllMovie. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Personal Effects (2009)". IMDb. 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "Personal Effects (2009) - Release Info". IMDb. March 5, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2019.

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