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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

Everytime aging Kevin Kline glooms over the welcoming sea and remembers when his wife loved him and holding his toddler son in the sand, laughing and crying, and then that music hits for five solid minutes, i just know, like telepathically that my grandmother is watching this same movie on t.v. and crying her eyes backward into her head, except she also hears the hateful, offensive rock soundtrack and so she silently judges it while she weeps.

- LoughnerWasLucid, Friday, February 25, 2011

4 stars

I am a big fan of Kevin Kline, and I think that this is one of his best movies. Very moving, and very well done. Great for anyone who likes a good drama.

- itsjustme2004, Thursday, October 14, 2010

3 stars

George is having a bad year. Divorced, alone, estranged from his loser son, behind the times, he has no motivation. Then in the same day he gets fired and finds out he has terminal cancer. What a start to a movie! I enjoy this sort of movie - as George is dying, he resolves his issues with his ex-wife and son, Sam. Sam is having a tough time of it as well - needing drugs just to get by and withdrawing from the world. With the help of Alyssa, Sam helps his dad build a house and becomes less self-centred.

- Redlats, Monday, October 4, 2010