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The Glass House (2001)

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An orphaned teenager is taken in by a Malibu couple but discovers they aren't the caring friends they seemed to be.

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Daniel Sackheim

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Wesley Strick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leelee Sobieski ... Ruby Baker
Diane Lane ... Erin Glass
Stellan Skarsgård ... Terrence 'Terry' Glass
Bruce Dern ... Begleiter
Kathy Baker ... Nancy Ryan
Trevor Morgan ... Rhett Baker
Chris Noth ... Uncle Jack
Michael O'Keefe ... Dave Baker
Vyto Ruginis ... Don
Gavin O'Connor ... Whitey
Carly Pope ... Tasha
China Shavers ... E.B. (as China Jesusita Shavers)
Agnes Bruckner ... Zoe
Michael Paul Chan ... Mr. Kim
Rachel Wilson ... Hannah
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Storyline

When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin. Written by Robert Rosado <valentine@love-hurts.org>

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Trust can be as transparent as glass. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sinister thematic elements, violence, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Greek

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glass House See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,738,448, 16 September 2001

Gross USA:

$18,150,259

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,619,609
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Although it is not the first film January Jones appeared in (that film was indie film All the Rage (1999)), this film was her first that was properly released worldwide making this film her proper cinematic debut. See more »

Goofs

When the kids are in the police car, Ruby's position in the back seat changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
E.B.: [leaving movie] Scared the living crap out of me!
Ruby Baker: Meryl Streep, that girl was not.
Zoe: Who's Meryl Streep?
Tasha: Oh, Zoe, she's like Katie Holmes to our parents, okay?
E.B.: So, what's next ladies?
Ruby Baker: I have to go home.
E.B.: No!
Ruby Baker: Yeah, make... make that a that a block from home. I can't have another close encounter with my parents. They think I'm home in bed...
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Crazy Credits

The first few images of the film appear as if they are made of glass. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD includes two cut scenes from the fim:
  • After Ruby faints when she finds the cops at her house, she wakes up the next morning thinking her parents' accident was a dream. When she heads downstairs, the neighbors are there to tell her it wasn't. Ruby sits at the table and cries sadly as the camera slowly pans away from her.
  • Another scene has Ruby and Rhett at the funeral burying their parents' ashes at the cemetary.
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Connections

References You've Got Mail (1998) See more »

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This Too Shall Pass
Written by Christopher Young
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Not quite up to mediocre
4 August 2002 | by HBeachBabeSee all my reviews

The trailer tells you that the Glass family is evil. The movies tries to play with you for the first 30 minutes or so, letting you think that maybe it's just a misunderstanding, but the movie's not really about "are they or aren't they?" it's clear that they are.

We are meant to sympathize with young Ruby (Leelee Sobieski) because she is the underdog and no one believes her, even when we, the audience, know she is telling the truth. The script seems rather sloppy. There is an attempt at justifying Terry Glass's (Stellan Skarsgärd) evil by putting him in conflict with someone more evil than him. All this serves to do is dilute the main conflict and at times make you almost sympathize with Terry. I had to remind myself "oh yeah, the guy committed murder."

After being seen in the beginning, Ruby's friends have a single scene in the middle where they talk about having not heard from her but then are never heard from again. Why? Why was this scene here? So we wouldn't wonder what happened to them? Or to answer the question the screenwriter thought we might be asking "why haven't they tried to get in touch with her and/or why hasn't Ruby confided in them?" either way, the scene only reminds of them when we hadn't been thinking of them and highlights their absence for the remainder of the film.

"The Glass House" does have some suspenseful moments but taken as a whole, there are simply to many contrived moments and people doing stupid things because they have to to further the plot to make this a truly enjoyable or worthwhile thriller. Not an utter waste of 2 hours but you can do better.


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