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Life as a House (New Line Platinum Series)
Life as a House
New Line Platinum Series
Actors: Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jena Malone, Mary Steenburgen
Director: Irwin Winkler
Genres: Drama
R     2002     2hr 5min

When an architect learns that he is terminally ill, he gains custody of his son and begins to build his dream house.

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Actors: Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Jena Malone, Mary Steenburgen
Director: Irwin Winkler
Creators: Vilmos Zsigmond, Brian E. Frankish, Lynn Harris, Michael De Luca, Rob Cowan, Mark Andrus
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance, Family Life
Studio: New Line Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 03/26/2002
Original Release Date: 11/09/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 11/09/2001
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 2hr 5min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Member Movie Reviews

George K. from COLCHESTER, CT
Reviewed on 6/26/2020...
Get your box of Kleenex ready!

This very entertaining movie rates somewhere between a sniffle and a sob, depending on your tenderness of heart.

Kevin Kline does a fine job as an underemployed, then unemployed architectural model maker who gets replaced by CAD. His diagnosis of terminal cancer impels him to work on a very short bucket list: reuniting with his son and building the actual house he's always dreamed of.

Kristen Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Jena Malone, and Mary Steenburgen all do great work as a supporting cast.

2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX
Reviewed on 8/18/2011...
I had pretty well written Hayden Christensen off as a horrible actor after Star Wars, but turns out he actually has some talent. I was really impressed with his performance in the movie, even though he should have been out shown by Kevin Kline. Actually everyone put further some great performances throughout the film.

The story is moving, basically Kevin Kline's character is a big jerk who finds out he is dying. The writing gets high marks; I was rather surprised by a lot of things as they unfolded in the film. There is some excellent scenery in the film as well.

I enjoyed the movie though I can't see myself repeating the experience. It is a good movie to trade, but unlikely to stay a permanent feature in your collection.
3 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Donald K. (Njoyboatn) from BIG FLATS, NY
Reviewed on 1/23/2011...
Kevin Kline does a great job in this movie. It's an enjoyable story about life, love and the pursuit of happiness that holds your attention.
Two Thumbs Up
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Alice H. (singlegalkansas) from TOPEKA, KS
Reviewed on 1/5/2010...
I saw this movie right after my split from my ex husband. It was very moving and wonderful film.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

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Reality Check
Karen Dalen | 09/12/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Kevin Kline has always been one of my favorite actors. He is good in any role. I purchase movies and watch them many times. This movie is a two-time purchase! I believe it places people in "check" especially when life hits you hard. It's believable. I would recommend this movie, highly."