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

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

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Mark Andrus's script is built on soggy sandstone, and Irwin Winkler's bulldozer direction keeps unearthing toxic epiphanies. That's not to say the movie isn't occasionally moving, as well as exasperating.

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Elevated beyond its cutesy contrivances and mawkishness by some extraordinarily good performances. show more

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