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The Architect (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 June 2017 (USA)
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When a couple sets out to build their dream house, they enlist the services of an uncompromising modernist architect, who proceeds to build HIS dream house instead of theirs.

Director:

Jonathan Parker

Writers:

Catherine DiNapoli (screenplay), Jonathan Parker (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Parker Posey ... Drew
James Frain ... Miles Moss
John Carroll Lynch ... Conway
Eric McCormack ... Colin
Pamela Reed ... Colin's Mother
John Aylward ... Drew's Father
Dana Millican ... Reese
Macall Gordon ... Preschool Principal
Michael Panes ... Adjuster
Alycia Delmore ... Caitlin
Rodney Sherwood ... Putnam Hatch
Sheila Goold Sheila Goold ... Magazine Writer
Ray Tagavilla Ray Tagavilla ... Brandon
Bradley Goodwill Bradley Goodwill ... Elizabeth's brother-in-law
Nicole Santora Nicole Santora ... Doctor
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When a couple sets out to build their dream house, they enlist the services of a visionary modernist architect, whose soaring ideas are matched only by his ego. The woman is swept away by this uncompromising creative artist whose personality provides a stark contrast to her practical husband's. She is so taken she hardly notices the Architect is building HIS dream house.

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Comedy | Drama

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Architekt See more »

Filming Locations:

Everett, Washington, USA See more »

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Parker Film Company See more »
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The architect's office is actually an architectural studio used by students from the University of Washington School of Architecture. In the background is the historic College Inn guesthouse originally built for the 1909 Alaska-Yukon Exposition. An architectural landmark in itself. See more »

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This movie is funny, quirky and intelligent - and definitely, different!
19 November 2016 | by nmerczelSee all my reviews

First, the bad (to get that out of the way). The characters in this movie are very cliché. Most people in real life are a combination of characteristics (say, creative and practical), not so these people. They are extreme.

Also - the ending of this movie is quite unsatisfying. I kept expecting....more. There was this build up, build up, build up....and then...fizzle, as though the writer just wanted to be "done with it all."

Now, the good! I laughed! This movie is weird and quirky (with the look, feel and sound of an independent film)..and FUNNY! However, it's not funny in the usual slap-sticky, juvenile or vulgar way that so many comedies TRY to be funny these days. It's actually funny in an INTELLIGENT way - imagine that!

In fact, the movie has a more "adult" feel then most current movies which seem geared for the under 25 age group. (I always wondered what happened to Parker Posey)!

In the movie, the couple hires an architect to design their new waterfront home. Bear in mind, the couple's marriage seems fine (mostly, except you do see some "handwriting on the wall indicating lingering problems) Until....well, THE ARCHITECT enters into their lives.

The architect is an odd off-beat character who has plenty of his OWN artistic ideas (thereby raising the cost of the project every time he opens his mouth). The wife, in the movie, is enthralled. Her more practical husband? Not so much, thus setting the stage for those marital problems we saw coming.

Most of the humor in this movie lies squarely with the character of the architecture and his overly artistic and impractical view of architecture and the world at large. Anybody who has such extreme views plays well in a comedic sense, and this guy is no exception.

For the most part, the writing and acting in this movie are quite good (especially for a movie I had never heard of before). As I said, though, unfortunately, the ending is a bit lackluster (oh well).

My advice? This movie is fun (and interesting) to watch ONCE, just because it is so unique and...weirdly funny! Although I must admit, I would not buy this movie - unless, maybe, I could find it really cheap.


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