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Life as a House

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Life as a House

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
124 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/26/01
Wide Release Date:
11/09/01
performer:
Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Scott Bakula, Scotty Leavenworth, Sam Robards, Mary Steenburgen
director:
Irwin Winkler
distributor:
New Line Cinema
author:
Mark Andrus
genre:
Drama

We gave it a D+

A rotting shack on a fancy piece of land represents the rotting life of a terminally ill baby boomer (Kevin Kline) who, in the time left to him, renovates both his house and his relationship with his alienated teenage son (Hayden Christensen) in Life as a House. This home-improvement/life-improvement parable, built out of cheap pine and directed with a screwdriver, is no worse than any weepie on the Lifetime channel. But it’s no better, either.

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