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Life as a House (9-Sep-2001)

Director: Irwin Winkler

Writer: Mark Andrus

Keywords: Drama, Terminal Illness

A man diagnosed with terminal cancer decides to spend his time left on Earth righting the course of his troubled estranged son.

George Monroe, a sad sack of a man living with his dog on the southern Californian coast, is diagnosed with inoperable cancer on the same day he is fired from his thankless job at a struggling architectural firm. Inspired to make the most of his suddenly-limited life, George reconnects with drug-addled estranged son Sam, intending to set him on a better path by soliciting his help in building a long-desired seaside dream house.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Scott Bakula
9-Oct-1954   Quantum Leap
Hayden Christensen
19-Apr-1981   Lead in Star Wars: Episode II
Jon Foster
3-Aug-1984   Damien Cutler on Windfall
Kevin Kline
24-Oct-1947   A Fish Called Wanda
Scotty Leavenworth
21-May-1990   Peter Petrowski on 7th Heaven
Jena Malone
21-Nov-1984   Saved!
John Pankow
28-Apr-1954   Ira on Mad About You
Barry Primus
16-Feb-1938   Gold Coast
Sam Robards
16-Dec-1961   Get a Life
Jamey Sheridan
12-Jul-1951   Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Ian Somerhalder
8-Dec-1978   Damon on The Vampire Diaries
Mary Steenburgen
8-Feb-1953   Goin' South
Kristin Scott Thomas
24-May-1960   Four Weddings and a Funeral


Review by Alorin Aranal (posted on 22-Mar-2005)

A beautiful movie of hope and redemption that unfortunately premiered just around the events of 9-11-2001, so I think this is why it was overlooked.

This was one of those films that you keep telling everyone to see and when they do they come back to you and say "I loved it."

The cast is extraordinary and genuine and believable. Hayden Christensen is a standout as the character who metamorphisizes into someone we should all be like.

If you are looking for that 'feel good movie' this is it. Enjoy!

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