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The Glass House (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Thriller  |  14 September 2001 (USA)
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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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The glass is about to be shattered... See more »



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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Ruby gets out of the car after Terry touches her shoulder, the crane supporting the moonlight is visible. 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 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) See more »


Dear John
Written by: Scott Nickoley and Jamie Dunlap
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Leelee Sobieski kicks some Glass
8 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I apologize for the pun, I could not resist myself. This film was recommended to me by a friend, and I had never heard of it, so I could not really say what I was expecting. What I received though was a smart, intense, fun, excellently executed thriller with wonderful performances that entertains from beginning to end.

Leelee Sobieski brings to her character, Ruby Baker, depth and likablity without even having to apply much effort to it. Stellan Skarsgård and Diane Lane are great as the Terrence and Erin Glass, and even Trevor Morgan gives a nice performances as Ruby's younger brother, Rhett Baker. The performances are part of what is effective with this movie. Everyone delivered their lines and completed scenes with finesse, even if they weren't Oscar worthy presentations and they created the atmosphere that the director was trying to set perfectly.

The film is not boring at all and it's not mediocre as a lot of reviews suggest. It has a nice, suspenseful build up and the material, while the gist is a bit overused, is fresh in it's own way. Who says an unoriginal plot has to bad? Is that a written rule? The plot is simply marvelous in this film, if you ask me. I enjoyed so much seeing how the twist in the film starts to slowly unravel piece by piece, because I liked the characters and was interested in the story from the get go. The movie almost trips on it's own feet a couple of times, but nothing seriously major that is worth noting keeps you from enjoying the fun and satisfaction the film brings. I even was extremely fond of the setting, and for those of you who say it's an overrated pun with the Glasses living in a house mostly made of glass, there are horror classics throughout history that work off puns much cornier, and The Glass House does it very well, stop complaining.

In any matter, as I have said, The Glass House is non-stop fun and excitement from beginning to end with delightful and even memorable performances (i.e.: Leelee Sobieski, who indeed gives the finest performance of all, and probably the finest of her career in general), an intense and realistic atmosphere, relentless build up and a twist that I honestly could not see coming. I loved it and had an amazing time watching it! It was a riveting, effective, astonishing accomplishment in my book.

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