The Glass HouseSeptember 14, 2001
An orphaned teenager is taken in by a Malibu couple but discovers they aren't the caring friends they seemed to be.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 5.7/10 (14,456 voted)
Critic's Score: 34/100
Stars: Diane Lane, Leelee Sobieski, Stellan Skarsgård
When Ruby Baker's parents are killed in a car accident, she and her brother, Rhett, must travel to Malibu, to live with Terrence and Erin Glass, their former neighbors. At first, all seems well. Ruby is making new friends at school and Rhett is getting more video games and flashy toys than he's ever had in his life. When Ruby speaks to her family's estate lawyer, he tells her that her parents have left Rhett and her $4 million. Suddenly, Ruby begins to notice odd behavior from Terry and Erin.
Terrence 'Terry' Glass
(as China Jesusita Shavers)
Michael Paul Chan
Be Careful Who You Trust
Release Date: 14 September 2001
Filming Locations: Leo Carrillo State Beach – 35000 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $5,738,448
(16 September 2001)
Did You Know?
According to their gravestones in the final scene, the date that Mr. and Mrs. Baker died was 15 March 2000.
After Ruby's joyride with her brother, Terry and Ruby start to fight in the house and she is pinned down on her stomach, but in the next shot she is facing up on her back looking up at Terry.
Scared the living crap out of me!
Meryl Streep, that girl was not.
Who's Meryl Streep?
Oh, Zoe, she's like any home star parent, okay?
So, what's next ladies?
I have to go home.
Yeah, make that a lock down. I can't have another close encounter with my parents. They think I'm home in bed…
I had low expectations… but luckily, they were not fulfilled!
I had not heard much about "The Glass House", besides unfavorable reviews
critics, who claimed it was a ridiculous display of unintentional humor.
However, when I came across it casually on HBO, I was immensely surprised
The story was gripping and I loved the character development – which is
rare in thrillers today. I thought the cast was brilliant, especially
Lane and Stellan Skarsgard. Stellan's character was completely chilling,
he played it so effectively. And Diane's character was also wonderfully
displayed – despite her terrible actions at times, you can't help but
empathize with her a bit, due to Diane's emotional investment in the
And Trevor Morgan (who I also recently saw in "A Rumor of Angels") is
to do very well on the big screen for years to come… he's very good for
such a young kid. And Leelee Sobieski… she was weak at times, but I
that she was perfect for the part. She has kind of an authentic look to
and she was casted very well for the part. She had on-screen appeal
being too obnoxiously cutsie. She did a fair job, certainly enough to
fulfil the director's vision of the movie – I'm sure of that.
As far as the story goes, it's got everything you could want in a
There were some holes, but some of my favorite movies of all-time have
and I think it's really too much to ask for a perfect film. But it's
downfall was that at times it was a bit predictable – but for me, that
enhanced the movie's suspense.
I greatly enjoyed this movie and I think you will too. I'll agree with
critics that there are some technical flaws in some of the story's
but over all, the story was very compelling and told VERY well, great
development of it's characters and all the events were portrayed very
believably, the director definitely kept the audience's trust and
So, I recommend it – despite the critic's bashing of the film.
as a teenager, I thought the portrayal of LeeLee's high school was very
realistic and so that definitely caught my attention in a good way.
things like that, that are usually not apparent in most movies today,
certainly made up for other little flaws. So, go catch it on HBO or rent