Kevin Kline stars as George, a down-on-his-luck architect in this tearjerker from Irwin Winkler (At First Sight, Guilty By Suspicion). A disdainful local character who draws disapproval from the community, particularly his neighbor played by Mary Steenburgen, George sets out to change his life after suddenly losing his longtime job and discovering he's terminally ill (he has cancer). Attempting to reconnect with his estranged and troubled son, Sam (Hayden Christiansen), George endeavors to spend the summer they have together building his dream home by the sea. The laborious process leads to the rebuilding of dissipated relationships, the birth of new ones, and all-around healing. ~ Rachel Deahl, Rovi
This movie is a little slow at times,but very good and worth watching. Any one who has the responsibility to care for family members, or who has problems raising their kid needs to watch this. I liked it and would recommend it.
One of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It had me crying as it echoes alot that I recently went through. To some the story line might seem too far fetched ( changing lives and building a house in 4 months) but i think it goezs beyond that. It is about life and humanity and how situations make us the way we are but we can also change. The actors were superb. I highly recommend but be prepared to cry
Kevin Kline is incredible, as always. Another example of his versatility and strength in this role of a father trying to re-connect with a teenage son who has come close to total self-distruction. Strong support cast. One of the best movies ever about disfunctional family situations and how the characters worked through their problems.
I really enjoyed this movie. If you have ever taken your life or the people who surround you for granted, this movie is for you. I have watched at least 10 movies rated at 4 stars lately, and this was the only one that I feel actually deserved 4+ stars. There are some funny scenes and some sad scenes. Overall, this is a great story of life.
Not sure why I didn't give it 5 stars, this movie was great. Kevin Kline was superb- I'm sharing movies I've seen with a friend, and what a departure for him after watching A Fish Called Wanda. A movie about developing character, growth, relationships.