The House of Tomorrow (2017 film)

The House of Tomorrow is a 2017 American independent comedy-drama film written and directed by Peter Livolsi and starring Asa Butterfield and Alex Wolff.[2] The film is based on Peter Bognanni's 2010 novel of the same name.[3] It is Livolsi's directorial debut.[4] Co-stars Ellen Burstyn and Nick Offerman served as executive producers of the film.[5]

The House of Tomorrow
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPeter Livolsi
Screenplay byPeter Livolsi
Based onThe House of Tomorrow
by Peter Bognanni
Produced byTarik Karam
Danielle Renfrew Behrens
CinematographyCorey Walter
Edited by
  • Brian Williams
  • Alexander Short
Music byRob Simonsen
Superlative Films
Water's End Productions
Distributed byShout! Studios[1]
Release dates
  • April 8, 2017 (2017-04-08) (San Francisco)
  • April 20, 2018 (2018-04-20) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$8.6 million
Box office$6.9 million

Plot Edit

Sebastian Prendergast lives in a dated tourist spot called the House of Tomorrow with his grandmother Josephine. Sebastian longs to leave his isolated existence which quickly changes when he meets Jared Whitcomb, a young up-and-coming punk rocker with a heart condition, and his sister Meredith. Inspired to rebel, Sebastian decides to pick up a guitar and join Jared in becoming a punk rock group.

Cast Edit

  • Asa Butterfield as Sebastian Prendergast, Josephine's grandson and Jared's friend
  • Alex Wolff as Jared Whitcomb, Sebastian's friend, Meredith's brother and Alan's son
  • Nick Offerman as Alan Whitcomb, Meredith and Jared's father
  • Ellen Burstyn as Josephine Prendergast, Sebastian's grandmother, obsessed by all things Buckminster Fuller, even providing retro-futurist tours of her geodesic home, including authentic video of Buckminster Fuller talking and sailing with Ellen Burstyn, who had actually befriended him in real life.
  • Maude Apatow as Meredith Whitcomb, Jared's sister and Alan's daughter
  • Michaela Watkins as Mrs. Whitcomb, Meredith and Jared's mother and Alan's ex-wife
  • Fred Armisen as Tour Video Narrator (voice)

Production Edit

The film was shot in Minnesota.[6][7]

Reception Edit

The film has a 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 35 reviews with an average score of 6.27/10. The website's critics consensus reads: "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."[8] Colin Covert of the Star Tribune awarded the film four stars.[9] Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly graded the film a B.[10] Jeffrey M. Anderson of Common Sense Media gave the film three stars out of five.[11] Both Susan Wloszczyna of and Barbara VanDenburgh of The Arizona Republic gave it three stars.[12][13] Wes Greene of Slant Magazine awarded the film two and a half stars out of four.[14] Joe Friar of The Victoria Advocate awarded the film three stars out of four.[15]

Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a positive review, calling it "a confident and perfectly cast debut feature."[2]

Robert Abele of TheWrap also gave the film a positive review and wrote, "what makes the movie organically enjoyable outside of its expected direction is that the manifestation of Sebastian's and Jared's mutually beneficial attachment is, in Livolsi's hands, a delicate simmer instead of a sentimental splash, and tended to with plenty of deadpan wit and honest feeling."[16]

Walter Addiego of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film a negative review and wrote "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."[17]

References Edit

  1. ^ Busch, Anita (13 November 2017). "Shout! Factory Launches Shout! Studios, Acquires Three Films For Release". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b Linden, Sheri (8 April 2017). "'The House of Tomorrow': Film Review; San Francisco 2017". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  3. ^ Catsoulis, Jeannette (26 April 2018). "Review: Punk and Futurism Collide in 'The House of Tomorrow'". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  4. ^ Ehrlich, David (12 April 2017). "Asa Butterfield and Ellen Burstyn Star In 'The House Of Tomorrow,' A Sweet Retro-Futurist Coming-Of-Age Story — SF Film Festival Review". IndieWire. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  5. ^ Harvey, Dennis (8 April 2017). "Film Review: 'The House of Tomorrow'". Variety. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  6. ^ Mumford, Tracy (27 July 2016). "Nick Offerman, Ellen Burstyn film "The House of Tomorrow" in Minnesota". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  7. ^ Hewitt, Chris (22 August 2016). "Minnesota-shot, Macalester-rooted movie aims for Sundance". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  8. ^ "The House of Tomorrow". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  9. ^ Covert, Colin (24 May 2018). "Minnesota-based 'House of Tomorrow' is a home for introspection today". Star Tribune. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  10. ^ Greenblatt, Leah (27 April 2018). "The House of Tomorrow is a sweet punk-rock coming-of-age story: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  11. ^ Anderson, Jeffrey M. "The House of Tomorrow". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  12. ^ Wloszczyna, Susan (27 April 2018). "The House of Tomorrow". Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  13. ^ VanDenburgh, Barbara (26 April 2018). "'House of Tomorrow' cute, if not punk, teenage tale of friendship". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  14. ^ Greene, Wes (23 April 2018). "The House of Tomorrow". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  15. ^ Friar, Joe (27 April 2018). "Review: 'The House of Tomorrow' is a coming-of-age drama set amidst a punk rock backdrop". The Victoria Advocate. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  16. ^ Abele, Robert (20 April 2018). "'The House of Tomorrow' Film Review: Wry, Heartfelt Coming-of-Age Indie Mixes Buckminster Fuller and Punk". TheWrap. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  17. ^ Addiego, Walter (22 May 2018). "'House of Tomorrow' starring Asa Butterfield a predictable tale of teen rebellion". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 10 June 2018.

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