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Life as a House -- Tanya and David talk about how too much paint and a scratchy couch decided this week's winning and losing team in this web exclusive from "Krystal/Craig vs. Michelle/Jason."
Life as a House -- 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.
Life as a House -- David and Tanya advise DIY-ers against biting off more than they can chew in this web exclusive from "Krystal/Craig vs. Michelle/Jason."
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Writer (WGA):
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9 November 2001 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kevin Kline ... George Monroe

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Robin Kimball

Hayden Christensen ... Sam Monroe

Jena Malone ... Alyssa Beck

Mary Steenburgen ... Colleen Beck

Mike Weinberg ... Adam Kimball

Scotty Leavenworth ... Ryan Kimball

Ian Somerhalder ... Josh

Jamey Sheridan ... Peter Kimball

Scott Bakula ... Officer Kurt Walker

Sandra Nelson ... Nurse #1

Sam Robards ... David Dokos

John Pankow ... Bryan Burke

Kim Delgado ... Bob Larson
Barry Primus ... Tom
Margo Winkler ... Barbara
Brandon Kessel ... Marek

Jon Foster ... Corey

Art Chudabala ... Steven Gardner

Claire Yarlett ... Receptionist
Michael O'Guinne ... Dale (as Mike O'Guinne)

Tannis Benedict ... Secretary

Anne Betancourt ... Lois

Jeff LeBeau ... Officer

Gwen McGee ... Nurse #2
Lisa Lovett-Mann ... Young Woman

Hillary Tuck ... Alyssa's Friend
Steven Artenian ... Contractor
Charles Winkler ... Trailer Park Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Cummings Jr. ... Housing Inspector (uncredited)
Michael Hertlein ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Owen Kline ... Young Sam on Videotape (uncredited)

William Russ ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Irwin Winkler 
Writing credits
Mark Andrus (written by)

Produced by
Rob Cowan .... producer
Michael De Luca .... executive producer
Brian E. Frankish .... executive producer (as Brian Frankish)
Lynn Harris .... executive producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Julie Monroe 
Casting by
Sarah Finn  (as Sarah Halley Finn)
Randi Hiller 
Production Design by
J. Dennis Washington  (as Dennis Washington)
Art Direction by
Thomas T. Taylor  (as Tom Taylor)
Set Decoration by
Denise Pizzini 
Costume Design by
Molly Maginnis 
Makeup Department
Tammy Ashmore .... makeup artist
Bonita DeHaven .... key makeup artist
Virginia G. Hadfield .... key hair stylist
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist: Kevin Kline
Michele Payne .... hair stylist (as Michelle Payne)
Christina Smith .... makeup artist: Kevin Kline
Jo-Anne Smith-Ojeil .... makeup artist: Ms. Scott Thomas (as Jo-Anne Smith)
Production Management
Brian E. Frankish .... unit production manager (as Brian Frankish)
Carla Fry .... executive in charge of production
Don Tardino .... production supervisor
Jay Vinitsky .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Dupont .... second assistant director (as Philippe Dupont)
Phil Dupont .... second unit director
Vincent Lascoumes .... first assistant director
Christophe Le Chanu .... second second assistant director
Art Department
John W. Aldys .... greensman
Alan Baptiste .... set dresser (as Alan Baptiste Hoisington)
Bryan Belair .... construction coordinator
David B. Brenner .... foreman (as David Brenner)
Mark W. Brown .... set dresser (as Mark Brown)
Gary DeBortoli .... painter
Martin Gantman .... construction engineer
Scott Garrett .... drapery foreman
Rick Glenn .... set dresser
Ann Harris .... set designer
Tim Jackson .... general foreman (as Timothy Jackson)
Ritchie Kremer .... property master
David Ross Lawrence .... foreman
John Leimanis .... set designer
Louis M. Mann .... set designer (as Louis Mann)
April Martens .... greens lead (as April K. Martens)
Canyon Martens .... greensman
Randy Martens .... key greens supervisor
Augustine Mendez Jr. .... foreman
J. Craig Morrison .... foreman (as Craig Morrison)
Joseph Musso .... illustrator (as Joe Musso)
Monica Perez .... assistant property master
Kenneth Robertson .... lead painter (as Kenneth H. Robertson)
Nicholas Rymond .... leadman (as Nick Rymond)
Greg Sanger .... leadman
Brian Seccombe .... assistant property master
Alex Sessing .... greensman
Sino Tour .... art department coordinator
Scott Vollmer .... foreman
Joshua Warner .... on-set dresser (as Josh Warner)
Gary Worthington .... greensman
Kelly Berry .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joe Barnett .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Javier Bennassar .... sound effects editor
Susan Cahill .... assistant sound editor
Gabriel Cubos .... boom operator
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor
Matt Dubin .... digital transfer engineer
George Flores .... sound utility
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor
David Grant .... dialogue editor
Tony Gray .... sound utility
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor
Robert Jackson .... dialogue editor (as Robert C. Jackson)
Thomas Jones .... adr supervisor
Craig Jurkiewicz .... foley editor
Michael Kamper .... sound effects editor
Richard Lightstone .... production sound mixer
Carrie Lisonbee .... sound effects editor (as Carrie Tippets)
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
Diane Marshall .... foley artist (as S. Diane Marshall)
Michael Mullane .... sound effects editor
Vince Perry .... digital transfer engineer (as Vincent Perry)
John Ross .... sound re-recording mixer
Alec St. John .... assistant sound editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Florian Tessloff .... mixing assistant
Jerry Trent .... foley artist
Mathew Waters .... sound re-recording mixer
Mathew Waters .... sound supervisor
David Abrahamsen .... sound (uncredited)
Johanna Turner .... transfer engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Robbie Knott .... special effects coordinator
Christy Sumner .... special effects
Jaroslava Fernandez .... special effects contact lens technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Johnathan R. Banta .... digital artist: Sassoon Film Design
R. Christopher Biggs .... digital artist (as Chris Biggs)
Chris Brown .... visual effects supervisor (as Chris 'C.B.' Brown)
Catherine Ferrez .... digital artist
Anthony Longman .... digital artist
Lauren Ritchie .... executive in charge of visual effects
Tim Sassoon .... digital effects supervisor
Danny Downey .... stunt double: Josh
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt coordinator (as Gary Wayton)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brad Boyer .... grip (as Bradley Boyer)
Chuck Brown .... grip
Colin J. Campbell .... chief lighting technician (as Colin Campbell)
Steven D. Castaneda .... electrician
Dick Deats .... key grip (as Dicky Deats)
Jerry C. Deats .... best boy grip
Sean Devine .... dolly grip
Robert Dudley .... grip
Don Duffield III .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (as Don Duffield)
Brad Edmiston .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, additional photography
John Emory .... grip
Ray Garcia .... grip
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip
Harold Groshon .... electrician (as Hal Groshon)
Tom Hutchinson .... camera loader
Alex Jaworski .... electrician (as Alex M. Jaworski)
Jason Jensen .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, additional photography (as Jason E. Jensen)
Jimmy E. Jensen .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Jimmy Jensen)
Johnny E. Jensen .... director of photography: additional photography
Roger C. Johnson .... video assist operator (as Roger Johnson)
Key Kolb .... grip (as Key Kolb III)
Michael Listorti .... grip (as Michael E. Listorti)
Dwayne McClintock .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Kelsey Shaw McNeal .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Kelsey McNeal)
Doug Mercer .... grip
Tony Nagy .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Brian W. Nordheim .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Brian Nordheim)
John Reeves .... electrician
Jonathan Sela .... camera intern
Nick Shuster .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Chris Squires .... Steadicam operator
Chris Squires .... camera operator: "b" camera
John Taylor .... electrician (as John 'JT' Taylor)
Joseph D. Urbanczyk .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Joseph Urbanczyk)
Christopher Warren .... best boy electric (as Chris Warren)
Merie Weismiller Wallace .... still photographer
Mark Wojciechowski .... grip
Greg Lopez .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Dylan Verrechia .... casting videographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
David Jaffe .... casting assistant
Rebecca Mangieri .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tammy Hynes .... set costumer (as Tammy S. Hynes)
Angelique Keenan .... costume production assistant (as Angelique Curtis)
Josephine Monmaney .... set costumer
Mary Elizabeth Still .... key set costumer (as Mary Still)
Emma Trenchard .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
F. Paul Benz .... associate editor
Rob Boyd .... apprentice editor
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Jennifer Hatton .... assistant editor
Jody Levin .... executive in charge of post-production
David Waco .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul Broucek .... music executive
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Doop .... music consultant
Steve Genewick .... assistant score recording engineer
Jimmy Hoyson .... assistant score recording engineer
Mark Isham .... music programmer
Mark Kaufman .... music clearance executive
Stephen Krause .... score mixer
Stephen Krause .... score recordist
Ken Kugler .... conductor
Ken Kugler .... orchestrator
Jason La Rocca .... assistant score mixing engineer (as Jason LaRocca)
Jason La Rocca .... music programmer (as Jason LaRocca)
John Rodd .... assistant music recording engineer
Erin Scully .... music executive
Lori Silfen .... music business affairs
Tom Steel .... assistant music recording engineer
Bill Talbott .... assistant music recording engineer
Damon Tedesco .... assistant music recording engineer
Richard Ziegler .... additional music editor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
Peter Erskine .... musician (uncredited)
Cindy O'Connor .... music assistant: additional arrangements (uncredited) (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dave Amberik .... driver
Danny Brooks .... driver (as Dan Brooks)
James R. Brown .... transportation co-captain (as James Brown)
Michael Cain .... driver
Howard Chapman .... driver
John J. Hess .... driver
Anthony Lovullo .... driver
William F. Luehm .... driver (as William Luehm)
Dan Morgan .... driver (as Daniel E. Morgan)
James A. Murphy .... driver (as Jim Murphy)
James Nordberg .... driver
Paul Ripple .... transportation dispatcher
Bob Rosen .... driver
Timothy P. Ryan Jr. .... driver
Timothy P. Ryan .... transportation captain (as Tim Ryan)
Sean Shepherd .... driver
Don Tardino .... transportation coordinator
Jon A. Tardino .... driver
Jon M. Tardino .... driver
Andrew Wooten .... driver
Daniel Davis .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Martin Alvarez .... caterer
Michael Wesley Aycock .... assistant location manager (as Michael Wesley)
Lynell Bangs .... production accountant
Lisa Behlendorf .... post-production accountant
Carolyn Blackwood .... production attorney
Amy Bradley .... first assistant: Mr. Kline
Francie Brown .... dialect coach: Ms. Scott Thomas
Angelina Burnett .... production secretary
Robert Burns .... set medic
Jules Carideo .... assistant production coordinator
Scott Carino .... stand-in
Laurie Cartwright .... risk management
Al Casal .... dive safety officer: additional photography
Rick Coffee .... first assistant accountant
June Czerwinski .... associate: Winkler Films
Ron Davis .... second assistant accountant
Jenny DeArmitt .... production office assistant
Jeff Egan .... production safety
Devon Evans .... head animal trainer
Cliff Fleming .... helicopter pilot (as Cliff Flemming)
Erin Gaynor .... assistant: Ms. Scott Thomas
Karen Ruth Getchell .... production coordinator
Eric Glasser .... production assistant
Emily Glatter .... supervising production coordinator
Robbie Goldstein .... location manager
Oscar Gonzalez .... caterer
David Goodman .... assistant: Ms. Malone and Mr. Christensen
Bill Gucwa .... second assistant: Mr. Kline (as William Gucwa)
Vic Heutschy .... unit publicist
Erik Holmberg .... production executive
Marc Jacobs .... production resources
Tony Jacobs .... assistant: Mr. Winkler
Bonnie Kolber .... production assistant
Martee La Comette .... stand-in (as Marty LaComette)
Ginny Martino .... contract administrator
Andrew Matthews .... financial consultant
Paul McCauley .... nutritionist
Julie Milstead .... assistant: Mr. Cowan
Jennifer Mount .... risk management
Michael O'Guinne .... stand-in (as Mike O'Guinne)
Lisa Barkin Oxley .... production attorney
Scott Pitman .... office production assistant
Denise Anderson Poore .... key set production assistant
Paul Prokop .... production controller
Stephen Ross .... production office assistant
Albert G. Ruben .... insurance
Amy Russell .... clearance
Mel Ray Sandvik .... accounting assistant
Rhonda Sherman .... studio teacher
Christopher Starr .... craft service assistant
John Starr .... craft service
Sara E. Tower .... payroll accountant (as Sara Tower)
Judi Townsend .... script supervisor
Jaime Trujillo .... caterer
Lee Tucker .... preview technical supervisor
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (uncredited)
June Jordan .... stand-in (uncredited)
Christie Moreau .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Ramona Evelyn Andrus .... dedicatee: in memory of
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for language, sexuality and drug use
125 min | Argentina:122 min | Finland:120 min | Spain:127 min
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Alyssa hugs George (at about 1:34) she has one, then both, arms around his neck.See more »
Sam:Do you have any idea what its like to jack off in an armoire?See more »
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45 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
A Superb Movie About Relationships And Reconciliation, 11 August 2003
Author: sddavis63 ( from Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

It was the title that first intrigued me. What could this be about? I had never heard of it. Then I noticed that it starred Kevin Kline. With a title like that and Kline as the star I thought it was perhaps a comedy. I started watching it without really knowing what to expect. It was not what I had expected, and I was not disappointed. This was a superb drama, with Kline playing a man who has one last chance to reconnect with those he loves, and especially with his teenage son Sam (Hayden Christensen), who has become rebellious and disrespectful and drug addicted and who is tempted to spend his summer as a male prostitute to make some "easy" money.

The story revolves around George's decision to tear down his old shack and to build a beautiful new house. He enlists (commands?) Sam's help for the project, and we watch as the house (and the relationship) begins to take shape. The journey toward reconciliation in this family is captivating. Kline was absolutely outstanding as George, in what must have been one of his finest acting performances, and one of the best I've seen in a long time. Christensen was almost as good as Sam. The movie also has a strong supporting cast to help out, with folks like Kristin Scott Thomas, Mary Steenburgen, Jena Malone and Scott Bakula all adding to the story.

I found the very beginning of the movie just a bit hard to get into for some reason, but once I was into it I was absolutely hooked. There are times of joy and times of sadness, and the theme of reconciliation running through the whole movie (and dealing not just with the relationship between George and Sam but with various broken relationships) is a powerful one. This was a very, very pleasant surprise.


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