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House of D (2004)

David Duchovny , Téa Leoni , David Duchovny  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: David Duchovny, Téa Leoni, Robin Williams, Anton Yelchin, Erykah Badu
  • Directors: David Duchovny
  • Writers: David Duchovny
  • Producers: Adam Merims, Bob Yari, David Gaines, Jane Rosenthal, Jeff Skoll
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,676 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "House of D" on IMDb

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House of D is a bittersweet, moving story of an American expatriate's painful decision to come to terms with the childhood he fled in early 1970s New York City. David Duchovny wrote and directed this comedy-drama; he also stars as the adult version of the film's hero, Tom Warshaw, an illustrator who has spent most of his life in Paris and decides—on the occasion of his son's birthday—to finally reveal long-withheld facts about his past.

The bulk of the story, told in flashback, portrays 13-year-old Tom (Anton Yelchin) as a quick-witted prince of his neighborhood, a delivery boy who knows every eccentric on his bicycle route and a Catholic school kid fond of playing pranks on his clueless French teacher and soulful principal (Frank Langella). His best friend is the school's mildly retarded, 41-year-old janitor, Pappas (Robin Williams), and his advisor on matters of the heart is Lady (Erykah Badu), a prison inmate whom the fatherless Tom (or Tommy, as he's called in 1973) can neither see nor touch. Tommy's vivacity is an asset at home, where his mother (Tea Leoni), a grieving widow with a mounting addiction to pills, is slipping away from her son's ability to help. Duchovny's screenplay sometimes borders on the precious: A number of scenes are enamored with their own boldness and originality, as if Duchovny has been squirreling away lots of colorfully expressive storytelling details for years, and unloaded them here. But that flaw all but disappears in the glow of House of D's emotional resonance and honesty, not to mention several exceptional performances. Among these is Zelda Williams's work as Tommy's sage-beyond-her-years girlfriend, Melissa, whose name offers a suitable excuse to work a rather lovely Allman Brothers song into the soundtrack. --Tom Keogh

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David Duchovny, Robin Williams, Tea Leoni. An American living in Paris comes to terms with himself and his family in this touching story written and directed by Duchovny. 2004/color/97 min/PG-13.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, fitting, heartwarming.... October 10, 2005
David Duchovny does a fantastic job of creating a picture of a boy's childhood(Tom) with an addicted mother who is in need of parenting from her son and who is not capable of being the mother he so desperately needs. The humor of being thirteen and the jokes we have all told are caught in the most appropriate of depictions. This story is a wonderful Bildungsroman that creates a realistic and fun view of Thomas as a young boy becoming a man and growing apart from his retarded friend(Pappas) by becoming an older mental age than Pappas can ever be.

The life journey of Thomas is interesting, sad, funny and heartwarming all at once.

Those who are so critical of Duchovny and this film had expectations that were too lofty for anyone to live up to. I have different expectations when I go the movies. I am not there to give amateur critiques of the directing and script. I am there to watch and hopefully be entertained, and this film does not disappoint. Duchovny is subtly funny bordering on hilarious. The depiction of the thirteen-year-old boy in his private school French class is a scene that I will be laughing about forEVER.

This movie is well worth its price. Great Job David Duchovny!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't given many 5 star movie reviews lately January 23, 2006
The last few years I've been searching for good movies. I rent quite often, go to the movies occasionally and I am usually disappointed. I wasn't expecting too much with House of D, not having heard much about it prior to my renting it. However, I was pleasantly surprised; I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. So much so, I am considering buying it for my collection, a privilege.

The story was written and directed by David Duchovny. It's about Tom, who is looking back at the life he had as a young boy growing up in New York City during the 1970's. His father is dead, his mother (Tea Leoni) is mixing pain medicine with alcohol and cigarettes and he is trying to deal with adolescence. His best friend is a 40 year old mentally retarded man named Pappas, played by Robin Williams. We watch as Tom struggles to make a move on the girl he has a crush on, manage his rocky home life with part time work and private school. He often gets his advice and guidance from teachers at school, his boss and from a lady he has strangely befriended that is in a detention home. His journey is filled with events take place that are beyond his control and will alter his life forever.

What I look for in a movie: To wrap me up in the story, so that I forget all else going on (I don't want to be thinking about what I'm doing later, or looking at my clock the whole time). To evoke emotion- laughter, tears, frustration etc. To have a bit of a lesson. To really enjoy the characters and story. A few surprises, I don't like cookie-cutter movies. A good conclusion that I feel is satisfying and wraps up the story.

This movie did all of that for me. House of D was written and directed, in my opinion, very well. I found myself caught up in the movie only 5 minutes in.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A warm, soulful and funny film May 8, 2005
Having just returned from seeing House of D for the 3rd time, I'm writing this review to share my thoughts on it. Is it Casablanca or It's A Wonderful Life? No, not many movies are, particularly these days. House of D is a small but moving film, beautifully filmed and acted, I maintain. With progressive viewings, I found myself remembering more of my own experiences 'coming of age' which gave me even more admiration for Mr. Duchovny's skill in writing this movie believably. Don't get me wrong, it's a small, independent film. Too bad for Hollywood, because it's sweet, funny, thoughtful and soulful. No car chases, disemboweled bad guys, cynical protagonists or sex. No wonder no big company would touch it!

Anton Yelchin and Tea Leoni portray their characters wonderfully. Robin Williams is believable as only he can be and his daughter, Zelda, is spot on.

I believe Mr. Duchovny's direction is good, and I look forward to bigger endeavors in the future, both in front of and behind the cameras.

Go see it. Decide for yourself. I'm very happy I did, and I think you will be too.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Give me the Dad face October 21, 2005
This story had ecsaped my attention until recently. I rented it, thinking it had to be decent, given the casting. I was pleasantly surprised upon viewing.

The story is relatable and moving. Anton Yelchin gives a stirring performance as a child dealt a difficult hand, struggling to make his own way. Tea Leoni plays very well the role of a distraught, widowed mother who has been left to care for her son. I feel the role of Pappas (played by Robin Williams) could have been slightly more developed, but he turns in a wonderful performance. David Duchovny wrote and directed the movie, as well as acted as the present day version of the main character.

It's not the most engaging movie, but it is interesting. It has its moments of humor, sadness and happiness. Altogether a good effort by Duchovny.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars David Duchovny writes and directs a theatrical film October 5, 2005
I was looking forward to seeing "House of D," but all that ever came to the Zenith City was the poster for the movie (you would think that if a theater put up a poster for a movie that would be a reasonable assurance the theater would be showing the movie in the future, but you would be wrong). David Duchovny wrote and directed a couple of interesting episodes of "The X-Files" ("The Unnatural" in season six and "Hollywood A.D." for season seven), both of which evinced a wry tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, but for his first theatrical film Duchovny is certainly going for something more poetic in this coming of age film in which his wife plays his mother. Just do not make the mistake of thinking "House of D" is an autobiographical effort or that this is just another coming of age film.

Tom Warshaw (Duchovny) is an American in Paris, an artist who has been hiding out in France and has decided to tell his wife (Magali Amadei) and son (Harold Cartier) the dark secrets of his past life. His son is turning 13 and that was the age when everything changed for young Tom (Anton Yelchin), who in 1973 was living in New York City with his mother, Katherine (Téa Leoni), who has not yet recovered from the death of her husband. Tom is attending a parochial school on scholarship and has made friends with Pappass (Robin Williams), an assistant janitor who is what was called at that time retarded. Even if he really has nothing to shave Tom is becoming a man, and between his mother, his friend, his teacher Reverend Duncan (Frank Langella), and the other boys at school there is nobody to turn to for advice until he "meets" Lady (Erykah Badu).

Lady is an inmate in the Women's House of Detention (to wit, the "House of D") in New York City.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anton Yelchin
What can I say? I am a fan and you can see all of his movies that I now own that he stars in. You can buy them all too on amazon. A hard name to remember. Read more
Published 1 month ago by William Dakota
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story of love and healing
This movie didn't get the recognition it deserved. It may or may not have been due to the negative press surrounding Mr. Duchovney's personal issues at the time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple & heartfelt
One of Robin Williams' best performances. Duchovny is awesome. Brilliant tale of growing up and how a boy becomes a man.
Published 9 months ago by Katina V.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and touching
Robin Williams is such a great actor and so adaptable and always brings something unique to the character he is playing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mia
4.0 out of 5 stars Above average comedy-drama
I just recently watched this movie for the third time since its release years ago. The story is basically the reminiscinces of a man's teenage life on his son's 13th birthday. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Daddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good job, David
It is a cute kind and quite touching story. I did not expect it from David Duchovny. An excellent acting too.
Published 12 months ago by Belisso
5.0 out of 5 stars GO D
this is a great movie just started watching it and its awesome...!!! I cant wait to get home and watch the rest...!!!
Published 12 months ago by Elmer Thompson
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4.0 out of 5 stars Romantic and unusual
This film succeeds to portray the life of poor New Yorkers both romantically and credibly. The whole cast does such a great job that, while Robin Williams puts in a strong... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kirk Vandezande
5.0 out of 5 stars House o D
David Ducovney goes back into time to his childhood to unlock things about his life. His freind Robin Williams, plays a little slow, yet best friend.
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