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
We almost did not order this movie and when it came, it sat around for a few days before we watched it. When we finally did, my husband (who usually likes only action packed movies) and I both enjoyed it very much. It has that wonderful Kevin Kline style humor and all the characters are perfect in their roles. The side stories of each we interesting and even fun. The movie does have strong language, but it is appropriate for the characters using it. As a Christian, I did not find the movie offensive, but I do not recommend it for preteens and younger.
This is a great movie for parents, especially with teenagers. Having real life issues portrayed, kept both my husband and myself drawn to the movie to see what more was to come. I recommend this movie to all families!
not suitable for adults. this movie truely does touch the heart. there are some scenes which did not exactly need to be there but i guess it had its reason for being. i almost cried, i laughed alot, and i wondering what it would be like to be in their places. a great movie
This was such a great overall movie. It has so much appeal and real-life experiences wrapped into it. Funny, eventful, loving, sad, an emotional movie with a REAL STORY about life, forgiveness, teenage angst and love.
Really liked this movie. I think it was too bad that it was rated "R" because it would be a good movie for teens. A little language and a little sex, but nothing that consumed the entire movie. There was a message here...directed at people of all ages.
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.