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The Glass House (2001)

An orphaned teenager is taken in by a Malibu couple but discovers they aren't the caring friends they seemed to be.

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Dave Baker
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E.B. (as China Jesusita Shavers)
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Mr. Kim
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When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. Written by Robert Rosado <valentine@love-hurts.org>

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The glass is about to be shattered... See more »


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Rated PG-13 for sinister thematic elements, violence, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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14 September 2001 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,738,448 (USA) (16 September 2001)

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$18,001,232 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie that Ruby and her friends watch in the movie theatre scene is not a real film, but footage specially created. It was called "Prom Nightmare". This is a play on the Canadian horror franchise "Prom Night". See more »

Goofs

When Ruby is smoking in the car with her friends she is in the rear passenger-side seat. When the car pulls up to drop her off she gets out of the driver's-side rear seat. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
E.B.: [leaving movie] Scared the living crap out of me!
Ruby Baker: Meryl Streep, that girl was not.
Zoe: Who's Meryl Streep?
Tasha: Oh, Zoe, she's like Katie Holmes to our parents, okay?
E.B.: So, what's next ladies?
Ruby Baker: I have to go home.
E.B.: No!
Ruby Baker: Yeah, make... make that a that a block from home. I can't have another close encounter with my parents. They think I'm home in bed...
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Crazy Credits

The first few images of the film appear as if they are made of glass. See more »

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Features Ape Escape (1999) See more »

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Where in Time?
Written by Christopher Young
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one of the better contemporary thrillers
8 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What confirms this movie as a watchable thriller are two things: its fairly artful adherence to the best conventions of the genre, and the far above average performances of its principals, with a good villain an especially important requirement. I have hitherto been unimpressed with the work of Leelee Sobieski (spelling?), but here she does well, perhaps because her character is so distressed that Sobieski's standard expressionlessness comes off here as depression that is appropriate to her character. Diane Lane and Stellan Skarsgard put in skilled and nuanced performances which elevate the movie more than a few notches. Daniel Sackheim's pacing and montage are uncommonly good. This is a fine popcorn movie.


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