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The Glass Castle Movie Quotes

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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.

The Glass Castle was just one of several summer 2017 movies playing in theaters including The Dark Tower, Detroit, Dunkirk, and Despicable Me 3.

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    Running Water or Electricity

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    Lori Walls: This place doesn’t have any running water or electricity.
    Rex Wells: Ignore her, she was born without vision.

    As the Wells family moves into yet another busted up home, Lori points out that the house isn't exactly fit for habitation. Rex disagrees and sees a home without water or electricity as something with potential.

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      We Ain't Like Other People

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      Rex Wells: We ain't like other people. We got fire burning in our bellies. You were born to change the world, not just add to the noise!
      Jeanette Walls: Why do you think all of us ran away from you? We were drowning. 
      Rex Wells: I won’t ever let anything bad happen to you, but I can’t let you cling to the side your whole life just because you’re scared. 
      Jeanette Walls: It was your job to protect us.

      In a series of conversations throughout various times in Jeanette's life, she battles father Rex about what she feels his role is compared to his understanding. These The Glass Castle movie quotes demonstrate a bit of the rift between father and daughter, but really only scratch the surface.

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        This is as Real as It Gets

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        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.

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          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. 

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