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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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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 featured house had to be removed after filming, but costume designer Molly Maginnis led a group of parents that had it dismantled, reconstructed, and enlarged to become a library for the Kenter Canyon school in Brentwood, California. The new library opened in April 2004. 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 »

Quotes

George: When does school let out?
Robin: Friday. Tomorrow. Oh, God. I hate the thought of him home all day.
George: I'll be by Saturday to pick him up.
Robin: He doesn't want to spend the weekends with you anymore.
George: Not for the weekend. For the summer.
Robin: One of you would end up dead.
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Connections

Edited into The Making of 'Life as a House' (2001) See more »

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Sweet Dreams
Written by David A. Stewart (as Dave Stewart) and Annie Lennox
Performed by Marilyn Manson
Courtesy of Nothing Records/Interscope Records
Used by arrangement with Universal Music Group and Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Excellent
31 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sense I've seen this move it has been my all time favorite! Not only do the actors play wonderfully, but the storyline of the movie is exquisite! It's about a Man(Kevin Kline) and his struggle in life with his job, family, and health. Through the move he gets in touch with his troubled son Sam(Hayden Christensen) and ex-wife Robin(Kristin Scott Thomas) a lot of anger in the beginning of the movie that transforms into smiles and laughter, it's amazing to see how the characters change so much. If you like to laugh and cry and all that good stuff you'll love this movie, Watch it, NOW! Although it truly is an excellent movie, I would not recommend this movie to anyone younger than 13, a lot of cursing, some drug usage and sexuality.


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