Tears. Tears will pour when you watch this movie. It is incredibly touching and oh so very sad. But it’s the good kind of sad. An uplifting sad that will ultimately make you feel better once the tears stop.
A young man spends the summer with his estranged father, building a dream house.
WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH
Kevin Kline is epic as George. Yes, he is amazing in everything but this movie is really his showcase. He is all of the things: charming, haunted, liberated, alienated. I LOVE KEVIN KLINE.
Sam’s blue hair. It’s adorable that he is supposed to be some sort of hard goth guy in general because he is just so cute. It’s extra special that the costume department believed that giving him black and blue hair would counteract this.
Father/son relationship. I’m not a father, nor am I a son but I can relate to this. In a world full of dysfunctional familial relationships, people love seeing reconnections. The slow build of the relationship between George and Sam is one of my favorites of all time.
George’s model houses. While I have no interest in being an architect, I am fascinated by the model houses that they build. I WANT ALL OF THEM. They’re like little dollhouses. The most elaborate dollhouses in the entire world.
Guster the dog. Guster is probably my favorite band in the world. I am actually wearing a Guster t-shirt as I write this. No joke. The director is also a fan of the band and named the dog after it. And he is one of the most handsome dogs ever recorded on film. Who doesn’t like dogs?
It made me like Jena Malone. I’m generally not a fan of hers. It stems back to an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street where she was a young teen who gives birth in a hotel and kills her baby. Anyway, I found her to be not only likeable in this movie, but relatable.
This scene in the shower. Do real human beings take showers like this together? In my experience, it is NOTHING like this. It’s one person covered in soap, freezing their ass off while the other person hogs the hot water. Knowing how unmajestic it can be in reality just makes me appreciate how great the movie makes it seem.
The house that was built for the film was dismantled, reassembled and enlarged to become a library. A freaking library. That is AMAZING.
WHERE HAVE I SEEN YOU BEFORE?
- Harold Cooper in The Big Chill
- Otto West in A Fish Called Wanda
- Howard Brackett in In and Out
- Scott Baringer on Higher Ground
- Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
- David Rice in Jumper
- Fiona in Four Weddings and a Funeral
- Katharine Clifton in The English Patient
- Sarah Davies in Mission: Impossible
- Anna Harrison in Stepmom
- Gretchen Ross in Donnie Darko
- Mary in Saved!
- Karen Buckman in Parenthood
- Betty Carver in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
- Jesse in Powder
- Michael O’Fallon in All I Want for Christmas
- Randall Flagg in The Stand
- Marty Stouffer, Sr. in Wild America
- Hamilton Fleming on Young Americans
- Paul Denton in The Rules of Attraction
- Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries