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Life as a HouseProducer-turned-director Irwin Winkler builds his dying-man-struggles-for-redemption drama on an already-visited ''American Beauty'' cul-de-sac with ''The...Life as a HouseDramaPT124MRProducer-turned-director Irwin Winkler builds his dying-man-struggles-for-redemption drama on an already-visited ''American Beauty'' cul-de-sac with ''The...2002-03-15Scott BakulaScotty LeavenworthSam RobardsMary SteenburgenScott Bakula, Scotty Leavenworth, Sam Robards, Mary SteenburgenNew Line Cinema
Life as a House

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Life as a House

Genre: Drama; Starring: Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Scott Bakula, Scotty Leavenworth, Sam Robards, Mary Steenburgen; Director: Irwin Winkler; Author: Mark Andrus; Release Date Limited: 10/26/2001; Release Date Wide: 11/09/2001; Runtime (in minutes): 124; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: New Line Cinema

Producer-turned-director Irwin Winkler builds his dying-man-struggles-for-redemption drama on an already-visited ”American Beauty” cul-de-sac with ”The Graduate”’s Mrs. Robinson living next door. As George, a terminally unhappy and ill would-be architect trying to reconnect with his aerosol-huffing son (a daring Hayden Christensen) by rebuilding his house, Kevin Kline solidly leads a talented cast (which includes Mary Steenburgen as the seductress neighbor). But there’s only so much substance they can add to Mark Andrus’ over-manipulative gingerbread-house script.