The Glass House

Synopsis: When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Daniel Sackheim
Production: The Film Sales Company
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

Scared the living crap out of me.

Meryl Streep she wasn't.

Who's Meryl Streep?

Zoe, she's like Katie Holmes

to our parents.

So, what's next, ladies?

-I have to go home.


I can't have another fight with

my parents. They think I'm in bed.

Were you kids in bed early?

-I stayed up till 10.

-After 9, Rhett was asleep.

-Who's driving them?

-I will.

Nicki's selling coffee at school,

I'm helping her.

It sucks.

Do not say "sucks," say "disappoints. "

I don't need a lunch.

I'll go with Tash.

Eat pizza three days in a row?

I think not.

That's really good.

The proportions are perfect...

...but do you draw

what you really see?

The simplest is the hardest.

Seeing what's in front of you.

What's on for tonight?

I am so grounded. I got busted

sneaking back inside last night.

-Damn, how'd you manage that?

-My dad set the motion detector.

Our parents are getting

paranoid in their old age.

Mine still trust me.

It's beautiful.

Not a bad couple of decades.

Better than the first two

without you.

To 20 years of you and me.

And to our children, safe at home.

Hey, cool, you lost them!

Macho Mustang boys, to boot!

-We struck a blow for sisterhood!

-The only "blow" you know.


-Any raves?

-Full Moon Underground.

San Bernardino.

Probably Saturday.

I'll tell Mom I'm staying with you.

I can't believe you

still work that scam.

What can I say?

My 'rents are clueless.

I'll bring glowsticks if you buy gas.

-That's such a good idea!

-Nice try, Beams.

Rest, it'll be one hell of a weekend.

-Bye, Tasha.

-Don't let the bedbugs bite!


Now they call the cops on me.



I'm sorry I'm late.

Ruby Baker?

Yeah, I'm Ruby.

Whatever they said, I'm not missing.

I just went out.

Your parents were in a car accident.

Are they okay?

-Ruby, why don't you have a seat, hon?

-Are they okay?

My partner will help you have a seat.


-I can sit down myself.

-I know.

Are they okay?


-We're here to help you.

You'll be okay.

Relax. Ruby?


You'll be okay.

-Get her pulse.

-Can you hear me, Ruby?

"They are as asleep.

In the morning, they're like grass

which groweth up.

In the morning, it flourisheth

and groweth up.

In the evening, it is cut down

and withereth...

...for we're consumed by thine anger

and by thy wrath we're troubled.

Thou has set our iniquities

before thee, our secret sins... the light of thy countenance.

For all our days are

passed away in thy wrath.

We spend our years as

a tale that is told... teach us to number our days...

...that we may apply

our hearts unto wisdom. "

I think Rhett Baker wants to

say something. Rhett?

I just-

I just wanna say...

I just...

It's okay.

I didn't work with Dave and Grace

or see them every day...

...but I knew them for 10 years...

...and I'm sure if they

could hear this...

Well, Grace...

...would do her dismissive

little giggle.

You know the one.

And Dave would mutter

an "expletive deleted. "

They'd hate to be remembered

as anything but...


Which is exactly what they were:

Anything but ordinary.

But they will live on...

...through their children

and in all our hearts.


Do you remember me?

I'm Uncle Jack,

your mom's brother.

I'll go wait by the car, okay?

If there's anything that you need...

...anything I can do...

...I don't mean in the next few weeks

or months, I mean anytime.

How come I haven't seen you

in, like, 10 years?

Have you even met my brother Rhett?

Well, of course I have.

I haven't seen either of you in years.

First of all, I live pretty far away.


Then how will you help us?

I don't know.

There's the phone, e-mail.

-You and my mom never wrote.

-That's true.

As siblings get older,

they go separate ways.

-You and Rhett are close now-

-We're not.

We have nothing in common.

Used to feel that way about your mom.

It's not true.

I used to think I'd take a month off

and come out here...

...and get to know you,

your brother and Grace again.

Nice to see you.

Sorry things didn't work out.

-I'll call you later, okay?


Ruby? Hi.

-I'm Alvin Begleiter.


I'm so sorry.

I'm your-

I was your parents' estate lawyer.

I planned their wills...

...what they wanted to do

with their money and-

The most important issue right now

is who'll take care of you.

You and Rhett.

I'm assuming you know the Glasses?

I've known them my whole life.

Good. I know that your parents...

...chose them after a great deal

of consideration.

And there's something else.

Your parents were extremely thrifty...

...and with your mom's share,

your dad's life insurance...

...there's enough for you

and Rhett for the rest of your lives.

Obviously you don't know Rhett.

That's good.

I'll give you one of my cards.

I don't expect trouble.

But if you have any concerns,

any problems...

I'm an estate lawyer

and also a trust lawyer.

I want to be someone you can trust.

-You call me, okay?


Mr. Glass.


-Thank you.

My mom and dad would've

loved that speech.

-They would've loved it.

-Come here.

That's good.

We're gonna get through this.

We'll get through it together, okay?

Oh, Ruby.

You're in good hands.


-You guys ready for Malibu?

-It'll be a change, we won't lie.

It's not the worst place.

-Is this your car?

-My company's, on loan for today.


This place is huge!

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Wesley Strick

Wesley Strick (born February 11, 1954) is an American screenwriter who has written such films as the comic-horror hit Arachnophobia, the Martin Scorsese remake of Cape Fear and the videogame adaptation Doom. Since 2015, Strick has worked as a writer/executive producer on The Man in the High Castle (Amazon TV series). more…

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