The Glass House (2001)

Bolshy teen Ruby (Sobieski) and younger brother Rhett are orphaned when their parents career off the side of a cliff in a BMW. The kids are sent to live with their allotted guardians, former neighbours who moved to Malibu to live in a giant cinematic metaphor. Terry and Erin Glass live in a glass house, all chilly, unwelcoming angles and soulless hi-tech gadgets. Just for good measure there's a windowless concrete basement, perfect for stashing dark secrets in. No, the Glasses are not all they seem. Erin (Lane) is a doctor given to self-medication in her spare time, while Terry (Skarsgård) is a car dealer whose spiralling debts threaten to consume the unrealistic lifestyle he's created for himself. Could the Glasses be planning to embezzle the kids' sizeable inheritance in order to bankroll their monumental window cleaning bills? This ludicrous premise is artlessly realised, while the film's second half is littered with scenes added for no reason other than to plug another gaping plot-hole.

Director: Daniel Sackheim
Writer: Wesley Strick
Stars: Diane Lane, Leelee Sobieski, Stellan Skarsgård



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