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Life as a House (2001)

R | | Drama | 9 November 2001 (USA)
When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.

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George Monroe is a lonely and sad man. Divorced for ten years, he lives alone on the Southern California coast with his pet dog in the same run down shack he has lived in for twenty-five years, the shack which his father passed down to him. In the intervening years, ostentatious houses have sprung up around him. He's been at the same architectural firm for twenty years in a job he hates, which primarily consists of building scale models. On the day that he is fired from his job, he is diagnosed with an advanced case of terminal cancer, which he chooses not to disclose to his family. In many ways, this day is the happiest of his recent life in that he decides to spend what little time he has left doing what he really wants to do, namely build a house he can call his own to replace the shack. He also wants his rebellious sixteen year old son, Sam Monroe, to live with him for the summer, hopefully not only to help in the house construction, but for the two to reconnect as a family. ... Written by Huggo

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Seen from a distance, it's perfect.

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Drama

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Rated R for language, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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9 November 2001 (USA)  »

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Das Haus am Meer  »

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$27,000,000 (estimated)

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$294,056 (USA) (26 October 2001)

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$15,561,627 (USA) (21 December 2001)
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The writer, Mark Andrus, is a fan of the band Guster, and named the dog after the band and two of the characters (Ryan & Adam) after two of the band members. Two of Guster's songs are featured in the movie. See more »

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At the sunbathing scene with Sam and Alyssa, the suntan lotion spot on Sam's left cheek appears and disappears. See more »

Quotes

Sam: [whispering] I'm not even listening.
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Referenced in The Dirties (2013) See more »

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Gramercy Park
Written by Elijah Allman
Performed by Deadsy
Courtesy of Dreamworks Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Hayden Christiansen's performance as Sam
14 June 2003 | by (Newfoundland) – See all my reviews

People have said that Hayden Christiansen's performance was whiny and unbelievable, but, speaking as a 16 year old, I have to say I found it more believable than any other actor portraying a teenager ever. He was angst-y, angry, especially his parents, moody, distrustful, etc. And that's everything we are. Speaking as an expert whiner, yes, teenagers really are that whiney and we are that mad at the world and Hayden pulls off the anger and frustration perfectly. Some of the lines he said were familiar to me because I've heard them before in my own home. Hayden's performance was no less than stellar and he perfectly acts the rebellious, outraged teenager of the 2000s. I should know. :)


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