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When Ruby and her younger brother Rhett's parents, are killed in a car crash, their parents' best friends become their guardians. Ruby and Rhett are promised a world of opulence and California fun, all they have to do is move into the Glasses' gated house in picturesque Malibu. Before long, Ruby suspects that Erin and Terry may not be the ideal guardians they seem to be.
PROFANITY: No F-words, 2 GD's, A few others. SEX/NUDITY: None VIOLENCE: Some roughing up. Man hit by car. Not too graphic. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some drug use by adults. Shown as bad. ACTION: A couple of car wrecks. COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny remarks.
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Review Average "..eerily engrossing psychological thriller.. ..the
standout performances by Sobieski and Skarsgaard, and the sense of foreboding
aided by the deliberate pace of this suspenseful script, polish off the rough
Review Average "If you want to see a great movie about a couple of kids
endangered by a sinister guardian, rent "Night of the Hunter."
Watching "The Glass House" has all the elements for a better film, but
doesn't trust the audience to keep up with them.''
Review Poor "...so laughably awful that it's a wonder it got made at all.
Skarsgard tries hard to bring out the humor in his dastardly villain, but the
dialogue he has to speak beats him to it, making him seem merely ludicrous."
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Pretty much what I thought. A decent movie, but certainly not great. A few people enjoyed the movie very much rating it "Excellent" and even "Fantastic." A nearly equal number didn't care much for it, rating it "Fair" and lower. With most opinions in the "Very Good" to "Good" range, it indicates a movie most enjoyed, but not tremendously.
I would recommend "The Glass House" if you've seen everything else you're interested in. You may want to save a few bucks and catch it at a matinee. If you miss it, it will make a good rental later.
Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
A decent thriller that most should enjoy. It's a little slow throughout, but it does have quite a few suspenseful moments.
When Ruby (Leelee Sobieski) and her younger brother Rhett's (Trevor Morgan) parents, Grace and Dave Baker, are killed in a car crash, their parents' best friends, Bin and Terry Glass (Diane Lane and Stellan
Skarsgard), become their guardians. The Glasses promise Ruby and Rhctt a candy-coated world of opulence and California fun-in- the-sun to help them forget the nightmare they've just experienced. All they have to do is move into the Glasses' gated house in picturesque Malibu via stretch limousine.
The Glasses seem to be more than considerate of their needs; there are some trendy new clothes for Ruby and two new videogame systems and a TV for
Rhett. So what if it's just a bit strange that sister and brother have to share the same bedroom in such a big house. Bin and Terry have told them it's only temporary. And the estate lawyer (Bruce Dem) for their parents has informed them that there's plenty of money to take care of their future, to the tune of $4 million.
It seems there's nothing to be afraid of—until Ruby begins to suspect that Erin and Terry may not be the ideal guardians they seem. But are her suspicions justified or merely the perceptions of a rebellious teen with a fertile imagination? Unless she's absolutely sure, Ruby shouldn't throw any stones... for what you don't see in the Glass house can kill you.