Life as a House Trailer & Clips


Life as a House full movie is released on Nov 09, 2001. Watch Life as a House online - the English Drama movie from United States , which has achieved a worldwide gross of $23,903,791. Life as a House is directed by Irwin Winkler and created by Mark Andrus with Kevin Kline and Kristin Scott Thomas. Life as a House is available online on Kanopy and Apple iTunes.

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.

As know as:

Namo istorija, 海辺の家, Tempo de Recomeçar, Livsverket, Uma Casa, uma Vida

Release Date:

Oct 26, 2001

Release Date (Streaming):

Jun 05, 2007


United States



Stream Service:

New Line Cinema

Production Companies:

Winkler Films

Gross worldwide:



Seen from a distance, it's perfect.


Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
Uneven but moving story of reconcilliation.
by rottentomatoes, Dec 25, 2010
Marrit Ingman
Austin Chronicle
by rottentomatoes, Mar 10, 2003
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
Gauged strictly by the gag-factor, a more honest title might be Life as a Basement Apartment with Bad Light and a Dank Smell.
by rottentomatoes, Mar 19, 2002

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