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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) (28 October 2001)

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$15,652,637 (USA) (30 December 2001)
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The video of George and young Sam playing in the surf was shot by Kevin Kline's wife, Phoebe Cates. She videotaped Kevin and their son Owen on the beach in Bermuda. See more »

Goofs

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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Bryan Burke: How's your wife?
George: Well, uh, when we divorced a decade ago she was very, very angry. Now she's just hostile.
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Features A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

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Courtesy of TVT Records
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Personally, the best movie i've seen.. EVER!
14 October 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Yes... my title says it all. this is my favourite movie and i'm not ashamed to say it. This movie is placed together very well, it not only explores a broken family, but a broken person fixed by the love of his dyin father. i watch this movie probably at least 3 times a month and it never ceases to make me cry. it's not so much the fact that the plot is emotional, but these actors make it seem so real, and although i know it's their job to do that, i think they have extremely well. I am, understandably an emotional person who has felt the loss of a parent at a young age, and i guess it's that in the movie which hits close to home. I would personally recommend this to anyone who wants a movie bout broken families, and reunited love. a tearjerker to those who feel the plot and brokenness of a boy and his journey.


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