Glass House: The Good Mother

Synopsis: Young siblings Abby and Ethan are adopted by outwardly perfect parents Eve and Raymond Goode, only to find that that their new guardian's remote mansion is far from the idyllic abode that it initially appears to be.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Steve Antin
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
94 min

Look what I caught.

Raymond, don't put that in my...


Thought we could eat it.

What is it?

Catfish. I caught it in the lake.

Set up the boat.

Thought it'd be good for David.

You know, fresh air.

- Honey, he's really sick.

- It's a couple of hours.

Catch some fish,

eat some gumbo...

- Well, how clean is that lake?

- It's as clean as the ocean.


...he's not up there.

Well, he didn't come down.

Check around the house.

I'll check outside.


Hey, David!





David! David!





David! David!

I found something.

Get out of the way.

Get out of the way!

Do you recognize this?

- This is my son's.

- Where's my son?

- Where's my son? Where's my son?

- Raymond!

David! David!

David! David! David!

Please find my son.

Please find him.

- Where's my son?

- Hey, hey, hold it.

- Where's my son?

- No. God, no...

David! Where's my son?

Where's my son?

My son!

Where's my son? David!

I wanna visit Mom and Dad today.

We can't, it's too far.

Ben said he'd take me.

Look, Ethan, everyone talks nice

at funerals, okay?

Hey, you two.

- We're almost done.

- Can we go to the cemetery after?

Of course.

You all right?

Are you gonna be our new dad?



...your parents would want you

to have a reaI mommy and daddy.

Just because I love you, doesn't mean

I'd be a good parent.

I'm a cop.

A good day for me means

coming home in one piece... a studio apartment

and having chicken fingers.


Ethan, honey, come with me.

I have some people for you to meet.

It's okay. Go.


It's okay.

Come on.

It's okay. Come here.

I'm not leaving you, Abby.

I'll be there for you whenever

you need me. Always. I promise.

We need you now, Ben.

Excuse me, Mr. Koch, I need you

to sign some documents... we can finalize this paperwork.

So how long have you known

the children?

Their whole life.

I've known their parents-

I knew their parents

since high schooI.

Oh, that must be a terrible loss

for you too, then. Thanks, CaroI.


Losing your friends beats what I'm

feeling right now, I'll tell you that.

Well, you're doing the right thing.

- Am I?

- Yeah. Sign on the second page.


Excuse me...

...can you keep a secret?

- What?

- A secret.

- Yeah.

- Okay.

- Here.

- Thank you.

You're welcome.

Are you, like, the hall monitor

or something?

No, I'm a mother.

And my secret is that I know

that everyone in this place... just as scared as you are.

And I know that because

I've been on both sides.


But you know what?

I learned a lot about families.

And I learned you have to

protect your children.

And that you have to be

a good mother.

- Can we get we get some ice cream?

- Sure we can, buddy.

Hi. I'm Raymond.

You must be Ethan's sister.

- Yeah. Abby.

- Hi.

Are-? Are you taking him?

We lost our boy.

The truth is, I'm just not ready

to stop being a mother.

He's really lucky.

Now, be a big boy, Ethan.

And be really good, okay?

Everything's gonna be okay.

Don't worry. We're still gonna

see each other. All the time, okay?

You know another thing

that I learned about families:

It's that when you have

a five-bedroom home... should definitely have

more than one child.

Here we are.

This is the foyer.

This is the formaI living room.

Come on, Abby.

See this? This is an atrium.

Raymond designed that.

No, Ethan, don't touch!

It's all right. It's all right.

This is your home too.

Come on. This is the staircase.

It goes up to the bedrooms.

I'll show you that in a minute.

This is the dining room.

And this is the den.

Raymond, wanna show him

what you bought him?

Oh, yeah. Ethan, buddy.

Look straight ahead.

- Yes!

- We'll never see him again.

- I love this game.

- Okay, here we go.

Now, up here we have

the bedrooms.

This is our room. I expect

breakfast in bed every Mother's Day.

Now, this- I think we can make this

a playroom. What do you think?

- Yeah.

- Yeah? Okay.

- Ethan, this is your room.

- Oh, this is so cooI.

- You like it?

- I think he likes it.

Now, I unpacked your things.

I put them where they should be, okay.

- Bathroom's right there.

- Okay.

All right.

We put Ethan close to us.

Why don't I show Abby the tower?

Your room. Come on.

You're gonna love it.

Word of warning:

Eve is a light sleeper.

- No backflips or cartwheels, okay?

- Right.

Here we are.

I'm up here alone?

You're an adult now. Time for you

to have your own space.

- You like it?

- Yeah.

You have the best view

in the whole house.

Look out this window. You and Ethan

are gonna be so happy here.

- What's in there?

- Don't go in there.

That's was our son's room.

Do not go in there.

Of course not.

There he is. Why don't you two

get your rooms in order...

...and I will meet you downstairs.

We'll eat in an hour.


I saw a lake when we drove up.


Be carefuI.

- Let's go swimming.

- No, no. Stay right where you are.

What are you two doing?

Your mother's been worried sick.

Come on.

Ethan, come on.

Come on, buddy, let's go.

Abby, you coming?

Never, never go down to the lake

without us again.



You must tell me before you leave.

I don't know how it was before, but

you cannot run around by yourselves.

You have no idea

how dangerous it is here.

Besides, it's dinnertime.

Raymond, is the grill ready?

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