Life as a House is a very contemporary movie, with its upbeat and also a sad plot to it. With Kline's character waiting to die for the entire movie almost, there are interesting character developments happening with the rest of the family involved, his ex-wife Robin played by Scott Thomas and rebellious son played by Hayden C. The movie has a good story to tell, the rebuilding of a home symbolizing the rebuilding of torn, angry and dysfunctional relationships between loved ones. However, the performances of the actors, esp. Scott Thomas who is as always brilliant, beautiful and naturally talented and Kline whose artistic abilites are shown here, do a very good job of keeping the movie flowing, without it dragging too much under a dark cloud since there is some light comedic dialogue between them. Recommended movie to rent.