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At Theaters: 11/2/2001 On Video: 3/26/2002
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 4 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 349906
Studio: New Line Cinema
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A man decides to tear down his house — and winds up rebuilding the world around him. From the day he picks up his sledgehammer, George Monroe embarks on a grand adventure that will shatter expectations and build a foundation for many different dreams among his family and neighbors.

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Comedy Drama - This drama is aimed distinctly to older viewers. Young adults may have some interest. Some racy content makes the film inappropriate for young children.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Kevin Kline THE ROAD TO ELDORADO, WILD WILD WEST
Kristin Scott Thomas RANDOM HEARTS, THE HORSE WHISPERER
Hayden Christensen THE VIRGIN SUICIDES
Jena Malone FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
Mary Steenburgen MELVIN AND HOWARD
Dir/Prod: Irwin Winkler AT FIRST SIGHT
Producer: Rob Cowan BETRAYED, MUSIC BOX
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PROFANITY: Occasional use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex and related nudity.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Pill popping, tobacco, marijuana.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Humor involving a dog.
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Above Average

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Entertainment Weekly   Full Review
Below Average "''Life as a House,'' directed with a screwdriver by Irwin Winkler from a Sheetrock screenplay by Mark Andrus, is no worse than any disease-of-the-week TV movie, and no more moralistic than any Lifetime drama. But it's no better, either, and it ought to be, or else why not star Tom Berenger and Connie Sellecca?''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Above Average "'Life as a House'' has much heart and not enough brain, and to the degree that you can put your centers of higher intelligence on hold, it works as a tragicomic weeper.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "The phrase "Everything happens for a reason" is heard more than once, a risibly simplistic cliché that not only stands as this film's hackneyed theme but also as a surprisingly honest confession as to just how calculated the entire film is.''

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Based on an Exit Polling of 146 Moviegoers

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Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M/F)
12
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100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
7
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
24
Very High
96%
30+Adults (M)
30
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
73
Very High
100%
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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Architect George Monroe ( Kevin Kline) has had a lifelong ambition to achieve one of the great American Dreams: to build his own home, a refuge set on a cliff at the edge of the sea. But it's a dream that George has put off again and again while he's sunk lower and lower — ending up divorced, overworked and estranged not only from friends and family, but from himself.

Now George has hit rock bottom and there's nowhere left to go . . . except out onto the edge. At first, his plans seem wild-eyed and crazy. His cul-de-sac neighbors despise his sagging, dilapidated shack. His teen-aged son (Hayden Christensen) would rather stare into space and pop pills than raise a finger to help him. His ex-wife (Kristin Scott Thomas), who once shared his house and his dream, is now emotionally distant from him. Local city officials want to sabotage his plans. It seems there is no one left with any faith in him.

But George is determined to build this house — even if it means refurbishing his entire life. He begins the project alone, but soon attracts a disparate group of people — from the next-door neighbor's sexy young daughter to his ex-wife's kids from a new marriage — to his scheme. What begins as a way for George to redeem his own bruised dreams turns into something much bigger than he ever imagined — and something far stronger than just a shelter.

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