Built on a foundation of melodrama and self-redemption, with plenty of room for shamelessly manipulative tugs of emotion, this House has Kevin Kline playing an architect relieved of his job after 20 years. Worse yet, ex-wife Kristin Scott Thomas has moved onto greener pastures, son Hayden Christensen abhors him, and he lives in a coastal ramshackle hut with no plumbing.
Oh, and he's dying. So, what does he do? Build the house of his dreams, engage his son and reconnect with his ex. But it gets messy, since there are devious sexcapades popping out of every closet and more House guests than necessary. Overall, the performances are strong, and despite As Good as It Gets scripter Mark Andrus' whirring sentimental machinery, the flick will leave you a blubbering mess by the time the credits roll.