Open House (2004)





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Based on a best-seller by Elizabeth Berg, this made-for-TV movie stars Christine Lahti as Samantha Morrow, a middle-class mom deserted by her shallow husband, David (Chris Potter). In order to keep a roof over her head -- not to mention the head of her son, Travis (Mark Rendall) -- Samantha decides to take in boarders. Among these is a runaway teenager named Lavender Blue (Grace Lynn Kung) and a chubby working stiff named King (Daniel Baldwin). Without giving the game away, it can be noted that one of these boarders will enable Samantha to realize her full value as a woman and human being by film's end. Also on hand are Samantha's down-to-earth mom (Eva Marie Saint) and cable-TV home-design expert Colin Cowie (as himself). Open House made its initial CBS appearance on February 16, 2003.
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Wellspring Media Inc.


Christine Lahti
as Samantha Morrow
Eva Marie Saint
as Veronica
Rita Moreno
as Lydia
Chris Potter
as David Morrow
Mark Rendall
as Travis Morrow
Grace Lynn Kung
as Lavender Blue
Tom Harvey
as Thomas
Colin Cowie
as Himself
Ellora Patnaik
as Young Woman
Ho Chow
as Mr. Yu
Conrad Bergschneider
as Man in Hard Hat
Richard Chevolleau
as Mark Quinton
Ron Payne
as Reverend
Jordan Barker
as Teen in Car
Eric Bryson
as Stunt Coordinator
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Critic Reviews for Open House

All Critics (1)

The numbers range from middling to outright awful, particularly when the whole cast unites for the showstoppers

November 16, 2005

Audience Reviews for Open House

I have no idea why I put this movie in my queue. What a strange film. A musical comedy with people who can't sing and it has a real estate setting at an open house. Weird. It is original, but I thought it was stupid.

James Higgins
James Higgins

Fantabulous! A quirky, unique independent film... So the singing isn't perfect, the budget isn't big, and the camera isn't always steady. So what? OPEN HOUSE offers catchy music, an interesting premise, and more than a few good laughs. The movie is worth watching purely for the numbers "It's My House", admirably sung by Anthony Rapp of RENT fame, and "Selling the Dream", which created a bit of an Oscar buzz upon it's release. As for the critics who claimed that none of the actors could sing-- this is untrue; a few of them, such as Rapp, are professionals who perform beautifully. All of the actors sang live on set, not an easy feat by any means, but those who do not have a background in stage do it tolerably well... My favorite performance acting-wise had to be Jerry Doyle as "Dr. Dave"; he had me in stitches throughout the whole movie and was able to deliver a touching ending without being overtly sentimental. Singing-wise, I would like to give props to Ann Magnuson, Anthony Rapp, and Sally Kellerman.

Penny Maynard
Penny Maynard

A good movie with a very interesting plot and very different ending. Some parts were a bit hard to follow but in the end a big "Oooohh" brings you to an understanding. The songs are catchy but I have heard better singing. Anthony Rapp does a wonderful job with his twisted character.

anne daley
anne daley

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