The House of Tomorrow

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Familiar yet endearing, The House of Tomorrow is a well-told coming-of-age comedy that marks an auspicious if not indispensable debut from writer-director Peter Livolsi.



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16-year-old Sebastian Prendergast has spent most of his life with his Nana in their geodesic dome home tourist attraction where she raises him on the futurist teachings of her former mentor Buckminster Fuller in hopes that one day Sebastian will carry Fuller's torch and make the world a better place. But when a stroke sidelines Nana, Sebastian begins sneaking around with Jared, a chain-smoking, punk-obsessed 16-year-old with a heart transplant who lives in the suburbs with his bible-thumping single father Alan and teenage sister Meredith. Sebastian and Jared form a band, and with his Nana's dreams, his first real friendship, and a church talent show at stake, Sebastian must decide if he wants to become the next Buckminster Fuller, the next Sid Vicious, or something else entirely.

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Nick Offerman
as Alan Whitcomb
Asa Butterfield
as Sebastian Prendergast
Ellen Burstyn
as Josephine Prendergast
Alex Wolff
as Jared Whitcomb
Maude Apatow
as Meredith Whitcomb

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (11)

  • It's an emotionally satisfying experience that brings to life a group of appealing characters and allows them to grow and expand in front of the lens.

    Jul 23, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The boys are terrific, particularly Butterfield, who makes something wonderful out of discovering a grilled cheese sandwich and a can of soda

    Jul 6, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Part of what's missing in "The House of Tomorrow" is the acerbic punk spirit that inspires its two heroes, which could have been remedied by a sharper script.

    May 23, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It's not until the end that everything truly lines up, with Fuller positioned as an original punk. But as a film about punk rock, living on the edge and coming into your own, The House of Tomorrow is a strong debut from Livolsi.

    May 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A charming if not exactly crucial coming-of-age dramedy about the freedom to be found in three chords.

    May 4, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Coming-of-age bromances don't come much more endearing than The House of Tomorrow.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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