• Life as a House (2001)

Life as a House

Release Date: October 26th, 2001

DVD Release Date: March 26th, 2002

R |2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary

"Life as a House" is the poignant, often humorous journey of one man who 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.

Cast: Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Jena Malone, Mary Steenburgen, Mike Weinberg, Scotty Leavenworth, Ian Somerhalder

Director: Irwin Winkler

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Winkler Films

Distributors: New Line Cinema

Keywords: Amusing, Quest, Son, Transformation, Emotional, Hospital, Love, Touching, Father, Family, Growing up, Heartwarming, 2000s, Office

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    Kline is one of the rare major actors not afraid to look like hell. And given his character's plight, his willingness to get physically unpleasant matches the emotion he brings to the part. show more

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Because it is slick and classy and good to look at, and the actors are well within their range of competence, you can enjoy the movie on a made-for-TV level, but you wish it had been smarter and tougher. show more

  • 75
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    This movie lets you feel something. Like George's house, if not his life, it's built well and full of heart. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture