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Life as a House (Widescreen) [Import]


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  • Actors: Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jena Malone, Mary Steenburgen
  • Directors: Irwin Winkler
  • Writers: Mark Andrus
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler, Brian E. Frankish, Lynn Harris, Michael De Luca, Rob Cowan
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • Release Date: March 26 2002
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005YUPC

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 10 2007
Format: DVD
"I always thought of myself as a house. I was always what I lived in. It didn't need to be big. It didn't even need to be beautiful. It just needed to be mine". That phrase, said by George, the main character of this movie, is in my opinion a good introduction to a review about "Life a house".

George (Kevin Kline) is a divorced architect who is sacked from a job he hated. Immediately after that, he collapses and is taken to a hospital, where he gets bad news: he is going to die in a few months. George has to come to terms with the fact that he has terminal cancer, and only some months left to live. Wanting to make the best of it, George decides to build the house he always wanted to have, and get to know better his 16 year-old son son Sam (Hayden Christensen), who lives with his ex-wife, Robin (Kristin Scott-Thomas).

Robin is now married to a successful man, and has new sons, but doesn't relate well to her older son, who is highly problematic, uses drugs, and has a very negative attitude towards everything. That is probably the reason why she allows Sam to live with George during his summer holidays. Things won't be easy between George and Sam, though, because Sam resents George for leaving him with his mother. Father and son don't have a strong relationship now, or rather they don't have any kind of relationship besides the biological one. That is something that George will try to change, as he and Sam tear down a shack that was willed to him by his father, and begin to build a new one.

Soon enough, building the house begins to be an affair of many more than two, as Robin, her kids, and some new friends that Sam makes start to help. As the house begins to take shape, the spectator almost sees old wounds closing, even as fights abound.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Miller on April 5 2004
Format: DVD
First of all, Life As A House is pretty much like American Beauty, only better. Hayden, from Star Wars 2, portrays the teenager in a very dysfunctional family, while Kevin Kline plays his father. Like American Beauty, it seems like the whole block is dysfunctional, and they pretty much are. Yet, when Kevin Kline is diagnosed with cancer he decides to build the house he has always dreamed of, and in doing so try to reconnect with his son. I personally feel that although this is a very typical picture of teen angst and family dysfunction it is shown in a fresh new way, and one that actually connects with the audience.
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George Monroe ( Kevin Kline) is a house designer who lives on his own. His ex-wife Robin ( Kristin Scott Thomas)remarried years ago, and took primary custody over their son Sam ( Hayden Christian). George has been told by his doctor that he is dying of cancer, and that he has three months left to live. This time period also happen to coincide with Sam's summer vacation. George wants to spend the last three months of his life, forming a relationship with his son, who he has barely spoken to in the last 13 years. George feels the best way for him to bond with Sam, is for them to build a house together, that Sam can live in after George has passed on.
Life as a House is one of the best films that I have ever seen. The film features an emotional story of a father and son getting to know each other, and eventually coming to love each other. Director Irvin Winkler and writer Mark Andrus came up with the perfect way for this to happen. Watching George and Sam work together on the house is great. The film also features a wonderful romantic element as well, because George and Robin manage to fall back in love after being seperated for so long. This film is definately a tear jerker as well. I never cry when I watch movies, and this film even had me bawling my eyes out. Kevin Kline should have been nominated for an oscar for his role in this film. I feel that it is the best of his career. He accurately portrayed a man who is gradualy dying and who is estranged from his son. Hayden Christian and Kristin Scott Thomas did a wonderful job as well. The film also features other great actors such as Jena Malone, Mary Steenburgen, and Scott Bakula.
Overall, Life as a House is an amazing film. The actors involved could not have done a better job, and the story involves an emotional father/son relationship. The DVD features two original documentaries and deleted scenes.
A solid 5 stars...
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Format: DVD
George Monroe (Kevin Kline) has hated his job for the past twenty years and he has hated his life for at least the past ten. When he loses his job and discovers that he has terminal cancer, he decides to use the time he has left to confront the things in his life that have brought him the most pain and disappointment. Kline keeps what is inevitably a tearjerker from being a dark and depressing movie and instead makes it a positive and uplifting experience with a type of somber comedy.
Telling no one of his condition, he sets out to tear down the ramshackle house left to him by his alcoholic father and build a new house fit for the prime location of a cliff overlooking the ocean. He enlists for the summer the aid - or at least the presence - of his rebellious sixteen-year-old son Sam (Hayden Christensen) who, with blue hair and multiple facial piercings, has become an aerosol sniffing punk wishing death on his estranged parents.
Backed by superb supporting actors and actresses like Kristin Scott Thomas, Mary Steenburgen, Scott Bakula and Richard Cummings, Jr, this movie is the daydream of every parent with a rebellious teenager and of estranged ex-husbands still in love with their ex-wives. As the old and diseased life is pulled down symbolically with the house, new bonds are forged and new happiness is found by all those that come together in the project.
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