GenreBiography, Drama Costume designMelanie Covello CountryUnited States
Release dateSeptember 17, 2004 (2004-09-17) WriterPaul Jacks, Rob Moretti CastEben Gordon (David Graham), Rob Moretti (Kenny Griffith), Juanita Walsh (Katie Graham), Jennifer Laine Williams (Julia) Similar moviesThe Wise Kids (2011), A Very Natural Thing (1973), The Reception (2005), An Angel Named Billy (2007), The Conrad Boys (2006)
TaglineA young man... His teacher...Crossing boundries
Crutch movie trailer
Crutch is a 2004 autobiographical coming of age film written and directed by Rob Moretti.
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
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." Don Willmott of Filmcritic.com 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". Movies Online opines "'CRUTCH' is a captivating and brutally honest look into love, loss, lies and our own dark secrets". 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".
Marketwire, September 2004, "Crutch acquired by Illuminare"