Divorced from a woman (Kristin Scott Thomas) he still loves, alienated from his troubled teenage son (Hayden Christensen), and bitter at the loss of a job he never enjoyed anyway, architect George Monroe (Kevin Kline) has hit rock-bottom when he decides that it’s now or never to tear down his dilapidated home and build a long-postponed dream house worthy of his spectacular ocean cliff property.
Irwin Winkler (born May 25, 1931) is an American film producer and director. He is the producer or director of 50 major motion pictures, dating back to 1967’s Double Trouble, starring Elvis Presley. The fourth film he produced, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969), starring Jane Fonda, was nominated for nine Academy Awards. In 1976, he won an Oscar for Best Picture for Rocky. As a producer, he has been nominated for Best Picture for three other films: Raging Bull, The Right Stuff, and Goodfellas.
Winkler was born in New York, New York, to father Sol Winkler and mother Anna Winkler. He received a BA from New York University in 1955, after serving in the U.S. Army.
In partnership with Robert Chartoff from the late 1960s, Irwin Winkler produced an impressive array of modern American gems, beginning with their first effort (along with Judd Bernard), John Boorman’s taut thriller Point Blank (1967), largely ignored in its day but now regarded as a top film… read more
Okay, this is manipulative, maudlin trash. But if you're in the mood for something like that then this movie is as good as any. Plus it's got Jena Malone.