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Life as a House (2001)

R | | Drama | 9 November 2001 (USA)
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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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Rated R for language, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Das Haus am Meer  »

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$18,000,000 (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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William Russ was cast as Officer Kurt Walker and had filmed one scene, but before he could film the rest of his role he was injured in motorbike crash and was replaced by Scott Bakula. See more »

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When Sam is on the roof and talking to Josh, whom Alyssa has volunteered to help, we see a partially digitally erased plane fly out from behind his right ear. A few seconds later, when we cut back to Sam the same ghost of a plane is visible to the right of his head and flying right to left. See more »

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Robin: What kind of mother can't stand her own son?
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How to Disappear Completely
Written by Thom Yorke (as Thomas Yorke), Ed O'Brien (as Edward O'Brien),
Colin Greenwood, Jonny Greenwood (as Jonathan Greenwood) and Phil Selway (as Philip Selway)
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Incredible movie
27 December 2005 | by (Newton, NJ) – See all my reviews

I am a college professor and teach a variety of psychology classes, general, adolescent, child, human relations, etc. I have shown this movie to every class and it never fails to grab everyone's attention. Every time I see it I find something else to admire...usually a line I've missed previously. It took about 10 times for me to pick up on "Thinking of jumping? No, pushing." Granted, I'm slow. It is a film that every parent and child should see, together. The acting is meticulous. Hayden Christensen is so good as a troubled teen that I hated him as Darth Vader. He will always be Sam. If you aren't crying or fighting back the tears than you obviously were born without a heart. Oh yes, I'm a father.


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