Life as a House
- 2 hr 6 min
Life as a House is an emotional drama starring Kevin Kline as the film’s lead character, George Monroe. The film centers on a man who is looking to rebuild the fractured relationships in his life. Hayden Christensen co-stars as George’s son, Sam. Sam is a disenfranchised and confused teenager suffering from a few emotional issues. George is an architect who still uses 3D models instead of conforming to the information age. He lives in a rundown home with a beautiful Oceanside view. This home was handed down to him from his father. George is fired from his job, and during his dramatic exit from the office, he collapses to the floor. He is told by a doctor that he is suffering from an advanced stage of cancer. George decides to take his severance pay and use it to destroy his ramshackle home and re-build it with his dream house. He enlists the help of his angst-ridden son to help him with the construction. He is scheduled to spend the summer with his father but is not pleased with the arrangement. George chooses not to discuss his health situation with Sam or his ex-wife, Robin. Over time George slowly begins to re-connect with Sam. The excitement of the project begins to grow. Other neighborhood residents also pitch in to help with the building project. Sam’s schoolmate Alyssa, who lives across the street, pitches in and helps out. Sam and Alyssa start a love connection in the process. The neighborhood police officer, Kurt Walker, also stops by to help. Even Robin and her two sons stop by every day to help with the construction. When George discloses his illness to Sam, fireworks ensue. Sam is angry at first, thinking that George tricked him into loving him. Later, however, as George rests in a hospital bed, Sam decorates the near finished home with Christmas lights so that George can see it from his hospital bed. The touching ending shows Sam making peace with his father and making a decision about the fate of the new house. The movie also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Jena Malone, Mary Steenburgen, Jamey Sheridan, Ian Somerhalder and Scott Bakula.