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Life as a House

comedy, drama

George Monroe, a middle-aged architect who, when confronted with life changing news, seizes the opportunity to live life on his own terms

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
4 out of 5
3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Uneven but moving story of reconcilliation.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has drug use, very strong language, sexual situations and references, including teen prostitution, nudity, masturbation involving attempted suffocation, and adult-teen sexual encounters. Teenagers take very foolish risks with little consequence beyond their own misery. There is a very sad death.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why it was so hard for Sam to feel good about himself, and why the things he tried to make himself feel better did not work. What did he mean when he said that it felt better to feel things? Why was physical touch so important to many of the characters? Families will also want to talk about the behavior of Colleen and Alyssa and their decisions about their sexual relationships.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews


- Alexander Walker, This is London, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: May satisfy those who like their movies to offer life lessons and provide role models.

- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, October 26, 2001


- Christopher Tookey, Daily Mail [UK], Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

If you can get past Hayden Christensen being an excruciating whiny douche for an hour, then you'll find yourself with a pretty strong family-centered drama with a lot of well-written characters. We watched this in my screenwriting class, in fact, for its characters; their presence in the plot and demeanors are extremely lucid and purposeful. The movie wouldn't win any awards for originality, but it's a cute one nonetheless.

- ceWEBrity, Thursday, February 1, 2007

5 stars

The bestest drama and emotional story I ever watched. It features all the moving, bittersweet honesty of Terms of Endearment, Field of Dreams and American Beauty.

- deano, Monday, February 12, 2007

4 stars

great movie but soooo sad! OMG kelsey sam is our EDWARD!!!!!!! haha i bet he is too old 4 the part now. if u like vampires anyone TWILIGHT

- MissMorganLeee, Sunday, April 8, 2007