George Monroe has lived alone for ten years in a run down shack on the Southern California coast. All the other homes could be called estates but not the one George and his dog live in. His dog has a ‘bad’ habit of peeing the car, newspapers and yard of one of the neighbors. The plumbing is out and George pees in the ocean. George has worked building scale models of architectural projects for the same firm for twenty-five years. Everything is moving to computers and George is let go. He learns he has advanced cancer and he decides he will finally build the house he has always wanted to live in. He wants his rebellious sixteen-year-old son Sam to help him and he wants to try to change Sam’s life.
Building the house changes more than Sam’s life, it changes George, Sam’s mother, her husband, her younger children, the neighbors and other people in Sam’s life. I thought it was interesting and good how the project expands and it rises into a new house from a shack. The people are also able to rise from brokenness. 3 ½* (I liked this movie)
125 min, Drama directed by Irwin Winkler with Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Hayden Christensen, Jena Malone, Mary Steenburgen, Ian Somerhalder, Jamey Sheridan, Scott Bakula.
Note: Imdb 7.5 out of 10, 47% critic 88% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2 ½*, Amazon 4.6* out of 5* with 518 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Palos Verdes, Santa Catalina Island, California and Bermuda. Kevin Kline lost about 25 pounds, he was on a constant diet and had a trainer. He wasn't sick but it was to show George getting sicker and sicker.