The House of Tomorrow (2017 film)

2017 American independent drama film

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



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.


  • 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 wife
  • Fred Armisen as Tour Video Narrator (voice)


The film was shot in Minnesota.


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." Colin Covert of the Star Tribune awarded the film four stars. Leah Greenblatt of Entertainment Weekly graded the film a B. Jeffrey M. Anderson of Common Sense Media gave the film three stars out of five. Both Susan Wloszczyna of and Barbara VanDenburgh of The Arizona Republic<... more

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