What You Need To Know:
The story of THE ARCHITECT suffers from structural problems. The idea is sound and some of the actors give nice performances, but the story is choppy and most of the characters are underdeveloped. The movie also has an unbiblical, homosexual worldview with strong elements of humanism as well disturbing moments of young teenage sensuality.
(HHH, RoRo, AbAb, HoHo, So, LL, V, SS, NN, AA, D, MM) Very strong humanist worldview where characters seeks to fulfill their personal desires in a godless world with some anti-biblical elements, strong elements of homosexuality, marital strife, implication of incestuous desires, and socialist political elements dealing with inner-city, government housing projects; 11 obscenities (six of which are "f" words); violence includes underage making out turns a little rough as young woman asks the boy to “stop,” guy shoves another guy to the ground when he attempts to kiss him, and mother has an emotional breakdown and starts throwing dishes around in a rage; sexual content includes underage (15-yr.old) girl kisses one young man, tries to seduce a truck driver in the back of the truck (he does stop her), young girl and her brother make crude sexual jokes at one another, one scene of implied homosexual encounter, another scene of depicted homosexual kissing, and a depicted homosexual encounter (though nothing is shown), also elements of incest as father stares uncomfortably at his 15-year-old daughter and in one sequence he hugs her in a very suggestive tone, although, later, he apologizes to her that, emotionally, he may “have relied on [her] in an inappropriate way” and mother mentions her daughter’s breasts; nudity includes underage girl in a bikini and several shots of people looking at her cleavage; alcohol consumption depicted in a bar with underage drinking; some depicted smoking; and, miscellaneous immorality includes a single mother who won’t work and relies on handouts, talk of gang violence in the projects, children rebel against parents, some discussion of racial stereotypes, negative depiction of marriage as stifling individuality.
THE ARCHITECT, starring Anthony LaPaglia of TV’s WITHOUT A TRACE and based on a stage play by David Greig, is a dramatic depiction of the lives of an architect and his dysfunctional family as they are confronted by an activist who wants to have an inner-city housing project torn down; a housing project that he designed.
Leo Waters (LaPaglia) is an architect who stands by his design: the design of his building, the design of his family, the design of his life. However, when an activist woman comes to petition him to destroy the housing project that he designed, and when his son comes home from college, Leo realizes that maybe the structure of his life is not as sound as it may seem.
Leo’s son has become disengaged and rebellious; his wife has become a manic-depressive who wants a divorce; and, his developing daughter has become his emotional crutch. The buildings he designed have become a hub for inner-city gang violence; and, his well-intentioned body of work has become an inner-city skeleton. Through all this, Leo realizes that he must confront the basic design problems in both his building and his family in order to construct a better life.
Drawing parallels between the stories of the building he designed and the family he has neglected, the story of THE ARCHITECT suffers from its own structural problems as well. The idea is sound and some of the actors give nice performances, but the story is choppy and most of the characters are underdeveloped.
The storytelling spends major time on minor elements of decoration while ignoring huge framework problems. Add to that an unbiblical, homosexual worldview with strong elements of humanism as well some disturbing moments of underage sensuality (even though it is not glamorized), THE ARCHITECT is an excessive movie for media-wise people of faith.