Upon first glance 'Life as a House' looks like an interesting heartfelt drama but by the end is a so-so one thanks to Hayden Christiansen's always 'go through the motions' style of acting. George Monroe is a divorced man who has just recently discovered that he is dying of cancer. In his final few months, he takes on a brand new remodeling project that slowly brings his distant family back together especially his oldest son Sam. Although there are some decent moments of drama, it never really has the emotional impact it should have. Hayden Christiansen's acting is obnoxious and in some cases stereotypical of modern-day teens. 'Life as a House' could have been the next 'Ikiru', but instead it just ends up becoming an average tearjerker.