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Plot, Details & Awards

Life as a House

Rated R for language, sexuality and drug use.

R In Theaters 10/26/2001 , 124min.
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Plot & Details

Kevin Kline stars as George, a down-on-his-luck architect in this tearjerker from Irwin Winkler (At First Sight, Guilty By Suspicion). A disdainful local character who draws disapproval from the community, particularly his neighbor played by Mary Steenburgen, George sets out to change his life after suddenly losing his longtime job and discovering he's terminally ill (he has cancer). Attempting to reconnect with his estranged and troubled son, Sam (Hayden Christiansen), George endeavors to spend the summer they have together building his dream home by the sea. The laborious process leads to the rebuilding of dissipated relationships, the birth of new ones, and all-around healing.


Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Hayden Christensen Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2001 National Board of Review Breakthrough Performance of the Year Hayden Christensen Won

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