Life as a House Movie Review 2001

Information and Film Reviews for Life as a House the Movie

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George (Kline) is an architect who lives in a broken down shack surrounded by ritzy homes on California's Pacific shore. His ex-wife Robin (Thomas) is raising their drugged-out Goth son Sam (Christensen) with her emotionally unavailable husband Peter (Sheridan). In quick succession, George is fired from his job and learns he has a fatal disease. He examines his life and decides to use his remaining time to tear down the old house and build a new one. He forces Sam to help him, intending to use the project as a means to repair his relationship with his son. Robin's feelings for George also rekindle, and they become more than friends once again. The performances of the excellent ensemble cast, especially Kline and Thomas, save this from being called "Sappy Symbolism as a Movie."


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 124 minutes.

Cast and Crew

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Mark Andrus
Kevin Kline, Hayden Christensen, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jena Malone, Mary Steenburgen, Jamey Sheridan, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards, Mike Weinberg, Scotty Leavenworth, Ian Somerhalder, Sandra Nelson
Vilmos Zsigmond
Irwin Winkler
Mark Isham
Richard Lightstone, Julie Monroe, Tom Taylor, Molly Maginnis, Dennis Washington
Irwin Winkler, Rob Cowan, New Line Cinema


Natl. Bd. of Review 2001: Breakthrough Perf. (Christensen).

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