The Glass Castle movie quotes help tell the story portrayed in the film about one family who, by choice, lived in poverty as squatters. The drama movie was directed by Destin Daniel Cretton using a screenplay he, Andrew Lanham and Marti Noxon adapted from the book of the same name by Jeannette Walls and her true story of childhood. The Glass Castle opened theatrically on August 11, 2017.
In The Glass Castle, parents Rex and Rose Mary Walls (Woody Harrelson and Naomi Watts, respectively) are raising four children, Jeannette (Brie Larson), Lori (Sarah Snook), Brian (Josh Caras) and Maureen (Brigette Lundy-Paine) in the 1960s and 1970s. But unlike other families, the Walls live as squatters in abandoned houses and frequently move around to evade debt collectors. Though Rex's alcoholism contributes to this lifestyle, Rex and Rose Mary choose this life of poverty.
But when Jeannette gets older, she finds success in journalism in New York City and a stable lifestyle. This creates a rift between her and her parents, who, years later, still spend their days squatting. As Rex and Rose Mary feel the effects of later age, Jeannette has only a short time to address lingering resentment with her parents before it is too late.
I Am Like You
Rex Wells: You ain’t like me.
Jeanette Walls: I am like you, and I’m glad.
In a moment of calm and clarity between father and daughter, Rex and Jeanette talk about their similarities in these The Glass Castle movie quotes. Sure, Jeanette ended up in a different life than her father, but that doesn't mean they are completely opposite.
My Parents are Squatting
Jeanette Walls: My parents are squatting in an abandoned building on the Lower East Side.
Jeanette explains that while she's grown up and found professional success, her parents still choose to live in poverty. They have a place on the Lower East Side, but they happen to be squatting there.
We Choose a Different Lifestyle
David: Are you going to tell him about us?
Rose Mary Walls: You shouldn’t be ashamed of us, just because we choose a different lifestyle than you.
Rose Mary Walls: When did you lose your sense of adventure?
In a discussion about talking to her family, Jeanette is asked by fiancé David if she plans to mention him. So when Jeanette meets with mother Rose Mary, talking about David seems unimportant compared to talking about how Jeanette has left their drifter lifestyle.
This is as Real as It Gets
Rex Wells: Rich city folk live in fancy apartments, but their air is so polluted they can’t even see the stars. We’ve got to be out of our minds to trade places with any of 'em.
Jeanette Walls: Dr. Kaylis said we should go to a real school.
Rex Wells: A real school, huh? ... This is as real as it gets, kids! You learn from living!
Rex explains a bit about his philosophy on life in these The Glass Castle movie quotes. He's happy living as squatters with his kids not in school, despite what others seem to think.