THE GLASS HOUSE
Family Values Survive Tragedy and Evil
Release Date: September 14, 2001
Starring: Leelee Sobieski, Stellan
Skarsgård, Diane Lane, Trevor
Morgan, & Bruce Dern
Audience: Teenagers & adults
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony
Director: Daniel Sackheim
Executive Producer: Michael Rachmil
Producer: Neal H. Moritz
Writer: Wesley Strick
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In the story, Leelee Sobieski (JOY RIDE) plays Ruby, a rebellious 16-year-old living in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. A terrible car accident leaves Ruby and her 11-year-old brother, Rhett, orphaned. The parents leave the children to two family friends in Malibu, Erin and Terry Glass, because the mother’s estranged brother is their nearest living relative, but he lives in Chicago. Ruby rebuffs Uncle Jack’s efforts to reconcile, but she finds that everything’s not right in the Glass house. In fact, Erin is a morphine addict, and Terry is a sleazy voyeur who wants to use Ruby and Rhett’s $4 million trust fund to pay off money he’s borrowed from ruthless loan sharks. Things turn ugly and violent as Ruby tries to fight back and protect her brother.
As noted above, Ruby is a rude, rebellious teen, and Rhett is an annoying video game addict. These things hinder viewers’ sympathy toward the children, even though they have just lost both of their parents in one awful blow. Thus, there exists a major dramatic problem in the first half of the movie.
THE GLASS HOUSE effectively builds sinister tension, however, as Ruby learns more about her new guardians. Ruby finally gains sympathy when the details of her plight are revealed. By the end of the movie, she is able to turn the tables on her evil antagonists, including the villainous loan sharks hassling Terry. Ultimately, this movie has a positive premise which teaches viewers that family values can survive tragedy and evil. The filmmakers should have made this premise stronger. They also include some darker content in their movie that’s not suitable for children or younger teenagers. Therefore, THE GLASS HOUSE deserves an extreme caution.
Ruby is a rude, rebellious teen, and Rhett is an annoying video game addict. This hinders the audience’s sympathy toward the children in the first half of the movie. THE GLASS HOUSE effectively builds sinister tension, however, as Ruby learns more about her new guardians. Ruby finally gains sympathy as the details of her plight are revealed. This movie teaches that family survives tragedy and evil, but it contains darker elements not recommended for children and younger teenagers