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Life as a House 2001 123movies

Life as a House 2001 123movies

Seen from a distance, it's perfect.Oct. 25, 2001125 Min.
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Watch: Life as a House 2001 123movies, Full Movie Online – George Monroe (Kevin Kline) is a lonely and sad man. Divorced for ten years, he lives alone on the southern California coast with his pet dog in the same run down shack in which he has lived for twenty-five years, the shack which his father passed down to him. In the intervening years, ostentatious houses have sprung up around him. He’s been at the same architectural firm for twenty years in a job he hates, which primarily consists of building scale models. On the day that he is fired from his job, he is diagnosed with an advanced case of terminal cancer, which he chooses not to disclose to his family. In many ways, this day is the happiest of his recent life in that he decides to spend what little time he has left doing what he really wants to do, namely build a house he can call his own to replace the shack. He also wants his rebellious sixteen-year-old son, Sam Monroe (Hayden Christensen), to live with him for the summer, hopefully not only to help in the house construction, but for the two to reconnect as a family. Getting Sam to do any of it will not be an easy task as Sam, who has embarked on some self-destructive behavior, would rather do anything than spend time with his family, which also includes his mother Robin Kimball (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas), her wealthy but emotionally unaffectionate husband Peter Kimball (Jamey Sheridan), and their adolescent children. In Sam, George sees an unhappy person in every aspect of his life, much like George was before that fateful day. What Sam decides to do for the summer may consider Alyssa Beck (Jena Malone), his pretty classmate and George’s next door neighbor. Through the process, George also reconnects with Robin, who admits that she’s made some pretty bad decisions in her life. He may not want that reconnection to go too far considering his health. Ultimately, George has much to do to complete all he wants before he dies..
Plot: When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.
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Ratings:

7.5/10 Votes: 44,412
47% | RottenTomatoes
45/100 | MetaCritic
N/A Votes: 337 Popularity: 12.117 | TMDB

Reviews:

A Superb Movie About Relationships And Reconciliation
It was the title that first intrigued me. What could this be about? I had never heard of it. Then I noticed that it starred Kevin Kline. With a title like that and Kline as the star I thought it was perhaps a comedy. I started watching it without really knowing what to expect. It was not what I had expected, and I was not disappointed. This was a superb drama, with Kline playing a man who has one last chance to reconnect with those he loves, and especially with his teenage son Sam (Hayden Christensen), who has become rebellious and disrespectful and drug addicted and who is tempted to spend his summer as a male prostitute to make some “easy” money.

The story revolves around George’s decision to tear down his old shack and to build a beautiful new house. He enlists (commands?) Sam’s help for the project, and we watch as the house (and the relationship) begins to take shape. The journey toward reconciliation in this family is captivating. Kline was absolutely outstanding as George, in what must have been one of his finest acting performances, and one of the best I’ve seen in a long time. Christensen was almost as good as Sam. The movie also has a strong supporting cast to help out, with folks like Kristin Scott Thomas, Mary Steenburgen, Jena Malone and Scott Bakula all adding to the story.

I found the very beginning of the movie just a bit hard to get into for some reason, but once I was into it I was absolutely hooked. There are times of joy and times of sadness, and the theme of reconciliation running through the whole movie (and dealing not just with the relationship between George and Sam but with various broken relationships) is a powerful one. This was a very, very pleasant surprise.

9/10

Review By: sddavis63

Other Information:

Original Title Life as a House
Release Date 2001-10-25
Release Year 2001

Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 5 min (125 min), 2 hr 2 min (122 min) (Argentina), 2 hr (120 min) (Finland), 2 hr 7 min (127 min) (Spain)
Budget 18000000
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated R
Genre Drama
Director Irwin Winkler
Writer Mark Andrus
Actors Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas
Country United States
Awards 2 wins & 9 nominations
Production Company N/A
Website N/A


Technical Information:

Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
Aspect Ratio 2.39 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Gold II, Panavision Primo and C-Series Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Primo and C-Series Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (prints), Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length 3,450 m (Italy), 3,426 m (Germany)
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 250D 5246, Vision 500T 5279)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Fuji F-CP 3519)

Life as a House 2001 123movies
Life as a House 2001 123movies
Life as a House 2001 123movies
Life as a House 2001 123movies
Life as a House 2001 123movies
Original title Life as a House
TMDb Rating 7.104 337 votes

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