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Life As a House

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Life as a House
Life as a House: Merie W. Wallace

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 C+

Producer-turned-director Irwin Winkler builds his dying-man-struggles-for-redemption drama on an already-visited ”American Beauty” cul-de-sac with ”The Graduate”’s Mrs. Robinson living next door. As George, a terminally unhappy and ill would-be architect trying to reconnect with his aerosol-huffing son (a daring Hayden Christensen) by rebuilding his house, Kevin Kline solidly leads a talented cast (which includes Mary Steenburgen as the seductress neighbor). But there’s only so much substance they can add to Mark Andrus’ over-manipulative gingerbread-house script.