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
Totally enjoyed this movie. Yes it was a tear jerker, but one that made you feel good about life and always hopeful for the future. Would watch it again and I know I would enjoy it from start to finish. The acting was perfect!
I never tear up, I am emotionally stunted. This film made my eyes well up. Certainly a wonderful movie, and inspirational. Please watch this, you won't regret it. The scenes that could have been cut out actually do work well. They add a humorous touch that made it so I didn't ball my eyes out! :)
I really liked this movie, but I could have done without the imorality. If they had not told us the outcome at the beginning I would really have been disappointed. Kevin Klein was perfect in this role and really pulled it off.
A very thought provoking movie. Could relate with the main character in every way. Good example of tough love & how the persistance of a parent can turn things around for a teen in trouble. Unfortunate that it often takes a sobering experience such as terminal cancer to motivate one toward dramatic changes.
Very disappointing movie considering the high reviews it's received from other viewers. It's a "feel good" movie to a fault. People transform their lives in 4 months and the main character builds a house while he's dying of cancer?! The improbable story line and sappy background music reminded me more of a made-for-TV movie.
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.