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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.

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

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... George Monroe
... Robin Kimball
... Sam Monroe
... Alyssa Beck
... Colleen Beck
... Adam Kimball
... Ryan Kimball
... Josh
... Peter Kimball
... Officer Kurt Walker
... Nurse #1
... David Dokos
... Bryan Burke
... Bob Larson
... Tom
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Das Haus am Meer  »

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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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Lindsay Lohan, who was 14 years old at the time of production/casting, was strongly considered for the role of Alyssa and even screen tested for it. While the filmmakers were impressed with Lohan, they ultimately gave Jena Malone the part, deciding they wanted someone a little bit older. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie when Mr. Dokos is chasing Guster with his car, in one shot it is a big SUV and in the next shot from the side it changes to the black Lexus that we know is his car later in the film. See more »

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Alyssa: [Alyssa kisses George and lays next to him] Did you feel anything?
George: Maybe a tongue.
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Edited into The Making of 'Life as a House' (2001) See more »

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Both Sides Now
Written by Joni Mitchell
Performed by Joni Mitchell
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Life as A House was Amazing, Touched the Heart
14 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Life as a house was a spectacular movie in my opinion and surely in a million other's opinions as well. Kevin Kline and Hayden Christensen were brilliant together and truly made this movie Excellent and Amazing. This Movie was Harshly Rated, I do not believe it should have been Rated R, and I hope that the rating has not discouraged anyone from watching it. It is a terrific movie that deals with very real problems in life and the miracle of Change. You have not seen a truly great movie until you have watched this film. Although this movie is an incredibly well-made Drama, it contains lots of humour and comedic elements that make you smile and laugh through-out the film. This movie will leave you with your heart a-flutter in your Chest. And the Desire to know more and see more. You Will Truly be left with a feeling of Supreme satisfaction and Dazzlement at how the film played out before your eyes.


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