Life as a House

Synopsis: George Monroe 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 he has lived in 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, 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. Gettin
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Irwin Winkler
Production: New Line Cinema
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.5
Metacritic:
45
Rotten Tomatoes:
47%
R
Year:
2001
125 min
$15,412,701
Website
492 Views


INT. WEBBER'S UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - MORNING

ROBIN WEBBER is George's ex-wife, still beautiful at forty.

She herds two boys, RYAN (8) and ADAM (7), down the hall.

ROBIN:

Run downstairs and give your dad a hug.

RYAN:

Why?

ROBIN:

He'll be gone for his birthday.

ADAM:

Can we have a party for him while he's

gone?

Robin stops and KNOCKS on a bedroom door.

ROBIN:

I hope you're showered and ready for

school!

A loud CRASH stops Ryan and Adam at the top of the stairs.

INT. SAM'S ROOM - MORNING

Robin rushes in and glances around the room for her son.

ROBIN:

Sam?!

INT. SAM'S WEBBER'S CLOSET - MORNING

The closet pole and a long line of clothes have been felled

by Sam's dangerous whack-off technique; he's on the floor

with the robe tie still around his neck and a pile of shirts

sprawled over him. The song continues: '...come out come

out, wherever you are, would you do it all over right from

the start, and what you wish for won't come true, you aren't

surprised to love, are you?'

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