The Glass House

September 14, 2001 0 By Fans
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The Glass HouseStill of Stellan Skarsgård and Leelee Sobieski in The Glass HouseLeelee Sobieski at event of The Glass HouseStill of Leelee Sobieski in The Glass HouseDaniel Sackheim in The Glass HouseStill of Leelee Sobieski in The Glass House

Plot

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

Director:
Daniel Sackheim

Stars: Diane Lane, Leelee Sobieski, Stellan Skarsgård

Storyline
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.

Cast:

Leelee Sobieski

Ruby Baker


Diane Lane

Erin Glass


Stellan Skarsgård

Terrence 'Terry' Glass


Bruce Dern

Begleiter


Kathy Baker

Nancy Ryan


Trevor Morgan

Rhett Baker


Chris Noth

Uncle Jack


Michael O'Keefe

Dave Baker


Vyto Ruginis

Don


Gavin O'Connor

Whitey


Carly Pope

Tasha


China Shavers

E.B.

(as China Jesusita Shavers)


Agnes Bruckner

Zoe


Michael Paul Chan

Mr. Kim


Rachel Wilson

Hannah

Taglines:
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

Budget: $22,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,738,448
(USA)
(16 September 2001)
(1591 Screens)

Gross: $18,001,232
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

According to their gravestones in the final scene, the date that Mr. and Mrs. Baker died was 15 March 2000.

Goofs:

Continuity:
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.

Quotes:

[first lines]

E.B.:
[leaving movie]
Scared the living crap out of me!

Ruby Baker:
Meryl Streep, that girl was not.

Zoe:
Who's Meryl Streep?

Tasha:
Oh, Zoe, she's like any home star parent, okay?

E.B.:
So, what's next ladies?

Ruby Baker:
I have to go home.

E.B.:
No!

Ruby Baker:
Yeah, make that a lock down. I can't have another close encounter with my parents. They think I'm home in bed…



User Review

I had low expectations… but luckily, they were not fulfilled!

Rating:

I had not heard much about "The Glass House", besides unfavorable reviews
by
critics, who claimed it was a ridiculous display of unintentional humor.
However, when I came across it casually on HBO, I was immensely surprised
and impressed!

The story was gripping and I loved the character development – which is
so
rare in thrillers today. I thought the cast was brilliant, especially
Diane
Lane and Stellan Skarsgard. Stellan's character was completely chilling,
and
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
role.
And Trevor Morgan (who I also recently saw in "A Rumor of Angels") is
sure
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
felt
that she was perfect for the part. She has kind of an authentic look to
her
and she was casted very well for the part. She had on-screen appeal
without
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
thriller.
There were some holes, but some of my favorite movies of all-time have
holes
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
only
enhanced the movie's suspense.

I greatly enjoyed this movie and I think you will too. I'll agree with
the
critics that there are some technical flaws in some of the story's
details –
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
attention.
So, I recommend it – despite the critic's bashing of the film.
Personally,
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.
Little
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
it!
It's good!