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The Glass House (2001)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nancy Ryan
Uncle Jack
Dave Baker
E.B. (as China Jesusita Shavers)
Mr. Kim


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 September 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Glass House  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,738,448 (USA) (14 September 2001)


$17,951,431 (USA) (16 November 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


A scene in the trailer that didn't make the final cut is a scene where Ruby tears posters off her bedroom wall. See more »


In the final sequence, the make and year of police car changes twice. It starts out as a Caprice, becomes a '93-97 Ford Crown Victoria, then changes into a '98-01 model of the same car. See more »


[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 »


References Pokémon Snap (1999) See more »


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Sobieski just about makes it worthwhile...
27 August 2013 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

As much as I like me some Sobieski, especially when wearing a bikini as she does here, I cannot recommend The Glass House as anything other than a mildly entertaining yet instantly forgettable piece of trash; it certainly doesn't work as a taut psychological thriller as intended, the far-fetched nature of the scenario draining any tension from proceedings.

Lovely Leelee plays Ruby, the oldest of two siblings who go to live with new guardians, Terry and Erin Glass (Stellan Skarsgård and Diane Lane), after their parents die in a car crash. As time passes, Ruby begins to suspect that her parents' wreck was not an accident, but that they were actually murdered by Terry in order to get his hands on the children's $4m trust fund.

A hackneyed plot loaded with implausible situations and predictable outcomes ensures that The Glass House never achieves the edge-of-the-seat atmosphere it aims for. As the film approaches its final act, the level of preposterousness goes off the chart, Terry becoming an indestructible killing machine who survives certain death to return for one more attempt at killing meddling teenager Ruby.

Still, Sobieski does look mighty fine in that swimsuit...

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