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Life As A House [DVD] [2002]

Hayden Christensen , Kevin Kline , Irwin Winkler    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jena Malone, Mary Steenburgen
  • Directors: Irwin Winkler
  • Writers: Mark Andrus
  • Producers: Irwin Winkler, Brian E. Frankish, Lynn Harris, Michael De Luca, Rob Cowan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JI0A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,812 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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When much-disliked architect George Monroe (Kevin Kline) discovers that he has terminal cancer, he decides it is time to repair some of the damage he has left in his wake. With one summer left to live, he begins reconstructing his dream house on the Malibu coast, and as the building project develops he also tries to rebuild some of the relationships which have meant the most to him. Also starring Kristin Scott Thomas as George's ex-wife Robin and Hayden Christiansen as his son Sam.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth watching!!!! 1 Jun 2005
I did not one bit expect this film to be as good as it was! The acting in it is amazing, especially from Kevin Kline & Hayden Christensen. It is about a father, George (Kevin Kline) who has been divorced from his ex-wife, Robin (Kristin Scott Thomas), recently lost his job, and found out he has cancer. He attempts to build the house of his dreams and asks his gothic son, Sam (Hayden Christensen) who has his own problems, for help and to spend the Summer with him and help build this house. This has consequences for Robin's new life and family and also the people surrounding George. e.g. his son, neighbours etc..
I cried so much during this film, trying to force myself to hold it in because my family were sleeping, but it would'nt work.
100% worth watching!! Just be aware that the tears will be strolling down your face throughout this film!
It's fantastic!! I feel like watching it again right now, but I'm in work. I will definitely be watchin' and roaring tonight.. hehe!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful film 12 July 2003
By Rebecca
Format:VHS Tape
I bought this film partly because of good reviews and partly I was curious to see how good an actor Hayden Christensen was away from Star Wars. I was pleasantly surprised. OK, the story is a bit predictable, but in this film it's really the acting that makes it so good. Kevin Kline trying to sort out his son and get his house built before it's too late, Kristin Scott Thomas as the mother who has built a new life, but finds herself falling in love with her ex again. And Christensen gives a way better performance here than in Attack of the Clones. OK, I thought he was alright in that, but here he really is great as the angry young man wanting to feel valued.
All three leads make a very believable family and do a good job of portraying all the conflicts, both outward and internal, of their respective characters.
It's very rarely I find a film that gets me so engrossed, but this one does. Definitely better than the average Hollywood tear-jerker and deserves to be seen by as many people as possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised... 12 Mar 2003
A friend had practically forced this film on me and said it was really good, but I was a bit sceptical as to whether I should watch another film with the Hayden Christensen in it. After seeing Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the droids - I mean Clones, I was convinced that he could not act, but he has redeemed himself nicely in Life As A House picking up a Golden Globe Nomination along the way.
The film revolves around a George (Kevin Kline) who has been told he has 4 months to live, due to cancer. He decides to fill his life ambition by building his first and last and only house. Along the way he is assisted by his estranged son Sam(Hayden Christensen), who experiments in various drugs and dabbles in small time prostitution to fund his addiction. I won't spoil he rest.
Anyway, I have never cried at any movie, but I must admit I almost did with this one. The end result is almost heartbreaking and the actors are wonderfully cast.
This film is in a league of its own, just like American Beauty - watch it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I always thought of myself as a house" 12 Jun 2005
"I always thought of myself as a house. I was always what I lived in. It didn't need to be big. It didn't even need to be beautiful. It just needed to be mine". That phrase, said by George, the main character of this movie, is in my opinion a good introduction to a review about "Life a house".

George (Kevin Kline) is a divorced architect who is sacked from a job he hated. Immediately after that, he collapses and is taken to a hospital, where he gets bad news: he is going to die in a few months. George has to come to terms with the fact that he has terminal cancer, and only some months left to live. Wanting to make the best of it, George decides to build the house he always wanted to have, and get to know better his 16 year-old son son Sam (Hayden Christensen), who lives with his ex-wife, Robin (Kristin Scott-Thomas).

Robin is now married to a successful man, and has new sons, but doesn't relate well to her older son, who is highly problematic, uses drugs, and has a very negative attitude towards everything. That is probably the reason why she allows Sam to live with George during his summer holidays. Things won't be easy between George and Sam, though, because Sam resents George for leaving him with his mother. Father and son don't have a strong relationship now, or rather they don't have any kind of relationship besides the biological one. That is something that George will try to change, as he and Sam tear down a shack that was willed to him by his father, and begin to build a new one.

Soon enough, building the house begins to be an affair of many more than two, as Robin, her kids, and some new friends that Sam makes start to help. As the house begins to take shape, the spectator almost sees old wounds closing, even as fights abound.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it and weep 3 Jan 2004
Truly one of my all time favourite films if not the favourite. Kline and Christensen are supreme and ably supported by Scott Thomas. (The teen girl in it is damn cute too but that is not the reason to watch this film!)
The acting is brilliantly believable and more than likely you will be left in streams of tears as the credits roll and not mainly for sad reasons that you might suspect - in this respect and many others it is not a predictable film and you will be left uplifted.
If you have any soul you will love this film and if you have even just one small part of your heart left unhardened by this world, this film will find it for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I liked this film very much to the point of having seen it since I received it.

Kristin Sctott-Thomas plays an excellente role here, as she usually does in other... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ivone Cristina Nunes Ribeiro de Magalh„es
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film
I had seen a lot of clips of the film before actually seeing it and had high hopes for it. Well it exceeded them all and more, I found it a lot more touching than I expected too... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Laura
4.0 out of 5 stars Touching
Nice, touching and uplifting movie for rainy Sunday afternoon.Yes I know you can't beat a drug addiction in one summer as some people mentioned here, nevertheless I still like this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dana Scully
5.0 out of 5 stars Why hadn't I heard of this before?
Really enjoyed this...........a proper feel-good film. And the added bonus of Ian Somerhalder too :) What more could I want?
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What I expected.
I have watched that movie before, so I am happy to own it now. I just like it. This is a story about life, love...
Published 13 months ago by Alicja
5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic but redemptive.
Kevin Kline showing what great range he possesses. French Kiss, A Fish Called Wanda, Westerns and the rest,varied and clever cinema.
Published 17 months ago by mainbeam
4.0 out of 5 stars Life As A House
Great film, need a box of tissues close by as it is rather emotional but interesting. People getting their act together before a terminal illness tears them apart. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2010 by yellow tulip
5.0 out of 5 stars One you will want for your shelf
I saw this movie on TV several years ago and enjoyed it very much. It also has remarkably many fine actors, many of them before they were better known, or some who have always been... Read more
Published on 13 May 2009 by E. Kivineva
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film which made me cry!
I am a typically hard guy who is tough to make crack with emotions but this movie sucked me right in. Read more
Published on 19 Dec 2006 by Lidia A. Camuglia
5.0 out of 5 stars "You can't begin to imagine how much I hate my father. Think of it as...
I was told by a close friend that I had to watch this film, not only because of Hayden Christensen's role in it, but because of the plot. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2006 by Becky
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