Life as a House: Merie W. Wallace
Erin Richter
March 15, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

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.

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