George Munroe Kevin Kline lives in a dilapidated house inherited from an abusive father. He's divorced, estranged from his teenage son Sam Hayden Christensen and hates his job. He's also learns that he's dying of cancer. Now, with only months to live, he decides to rebuild the house and his relationship with his son in Irwin Winkler's "Life as a House. When we first meet George, he is coming out of his run down shack in a pair of dingy white briefs and nothing more. His neighbor, Colleen Mary Steenburgen , and her daughter, Alyssa Jena Malone , get an eyeful as he performs his daily ablutions in full view of everyone in the ritzy neighborhood. Right away, we know that George is a man who simply doesn't care about appearances. This uncaring attitude extends to his workplace, an architectural design firm, where he refuses to get with the new millennium and use computers to create his designs.
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Because it is slick and classy and good to look at, and the actors are well within their range of competence, you can enjoy the movie on a made-for-TV level, but you wish it had been smarter and tougher. It is a little deadening to realize, at about the minute mark, that the problems of every single major character will be resolved by the end. Those characters include George Kevin Kline , a model-maker who has just been fired from his job at an architect's firm. Robin Kristin Scott Thomas , his ex-wife, now trapped in a loveless marriage with the absent-minded Peter Jamey Sheridan. Sam Hayden Christensen , George and Robin's angst-ridden, pierced, drug-using and self-loathing son. I cannot proceed further without informing you that very early in the movie spoiler warning , George discovers he has about four months to live. For a time we assume he has Ali MacGraw's disease the sicker you get the better you look , but a specific diagnosis is revealed toward the end.
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Life as a House is a American drama film produced and directed by Irwin Winkler. The screenplay by Mark Andrus focuses on a man who is anxious to repair his relationship with his ex-wife and teenaged son after he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. George Monroe, a jaded architectural model fabricator, is living the bachelor's life in the old family shack on the coast of California. Over the years, George has been avoiding getting up to modern CAD technology standards and eventually is fired from the architecture firm. When the principal owner refuses to let George keep a few of his models, he destroys all but one of the models with a roll of design plans. As he exits the building with the remaining model, he collapses and is rushed to the hospital, where it is revealed he has advanced stage cancer and any treatment would be futile. George, with a time limit on his life, decides to demolish the shack left to him by his father and build his own custom house. He enlists his son, Sam, who is alienated from his stepfather Peter and his mother Robin, who has since been remarried to a wealthy investor. Sam is forced to spend his summer with George, who has not revealed his terminal condition, and help him with the house. Initially, Sam makes it a point not to help George demo the old house.