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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.

Director:

Irwin Winkler

Writer:

Mark Andrus
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

New Line

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Haus am Meer See more »

Filming Locations:

Bermuda See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$294,056, 28 October 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,652,637, 30 December 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,920,746, 8 November 2003
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Winkler Films See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The writer, Mark Andrus, is a fan of the band Guster, and named the dog after the band and two of the characters (Ryan & Adam) after two of the band members. Two of Guster's songs are featured in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Alyssa hugs George (at about 1:34) she has one, then both, arms around his neck. See more »

Quotes

[Alyssa has just kissed George]
George: Why did you do that?
Alyssa: When you were dating my mom you seemed like a really good kisser. Oh god, she'd die if she found out.
George: Let's shut up and let her live.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD has the one scene that William Russ filmed playing the role of Officer Kurt Walker before a motorbike crash made unable to film the rest of his role See more »

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Referenced in No Reservations (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

What You Wish For
Written by Ryan Miller, Adam Gardner and Brian Rosenworcel
Performed by Guster
Courtesy of London-Sire Records, Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Personally, the best movie i've seen.. EVER!
14 October 2004 | by punk_angel26See 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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