Crutch (film)

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Directed by Rob Moretti
Produced by Michael Philip Anthony
Rob Moretti
Eric Smith
Written by Paul Jacks
Rob Moretti
Music by Ben Goldberg
Cinematography Brian Fass
Edited by Jennifer Erickson
Rob Moretti
Distributed by Ardustry Home Entertainment LLC
HP Releasing
Release date
  • September 17, 2004 (2004-09-17)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Crutch is a 2004 autobiographical coming of age film written and directed by Rob Moretti.[1][2]


Young David (Eben Gordon) seems to have a normal middle-class life in the suburban world outside New York City. When David's father (James A. Earley) leaves his alcoholic wife (Juanita Walsh) after 17 years, David is forced to become parent to his siblings and caregiver to his alcoholic mother. Theater coach Kenny (Rob Moretti) becomes enamoured of David. Overwhelmed by his home situation, David is weakened and falls prey to the taboo. Giving in to Kenny's advances, David becomes involved with drugs and alcohol.


  • Eben Gordon as David Graham
  • Rob Moretti as Kenny Griffith
  • Juanita Walsh as Katie Graham
  • Jennifer Laine Williams as Julia
  • Jennifer Katz as Maryann
  • James A. Earley as Jack Graham
  • Robert Bray as Michael Graham
  • Laura O'Reilly as Lisa Graham
  • Tim Loftus as Zack
  • Sylvia Norman as Linda
  • Frankie Faison as Jerry

Critical response[edit]

Anita Gates of the New York Times writes "'Crutch' doesn't have the texture or power of "Blue Car", Karen Moncrieff's 2002 film with Agnes Bruckner as the neglected, emotionally needy teenager and David Strathairn as the high school poetry teacher who takes advantage ... [it] does sound a note of real anguish, however."[3] Don Willmott of writes "'Crutch' comes across as an extremely personal exorcism of Moretti’s suburban gothic adolescence, for better and for worse. Like the scribblings in a teenager’s diary, the film vacillates between insight and exaggeration".[4] Movies Online opines "'CRUTCH' is a captivating and brutally honest look into love, loss, lies and our own dark secrets".[5] However, on the negative side, DVD Verdict opines that "Rob Moretti's Crutch is the kind of film I feel bad for not liking. It's awfully sincere, and, darn it, everyone involved tries real hard, but the movie still comes up short".[6]


  1. ^, Crutch, Retrieved 12-10-2008
  2. ^ Archived 2007-11-11 on Wayback Machine., Crutch, Retrieved 12-10-2008
  3. ^ Anita Gates (2004-09-17). "Sixteen and Desperate, With No One to Lend an Ear". New York Times. 
  4. ^ Archived 2010-03-04 on Wayback Machine., A film review by Don Willmott, Retrieved 12-10-2008
  5. ^ moviesonline.con Archived 2008-12-27 on Wayback Machine., "Crutch A Rob Moretti Film", Retrieved 12-10-2008
  6. ^, review of Crutch, Retrieved 12-10-2008

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