Life as a House (2001)

Director
Irwin Winkler

Main cast
Kevin Kline; Kristin Scott Thomas; Hayden Christensen; Jena Malone; Mary Steenburgen

Genres
Drama

Description
When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father.


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