LOVE LIZA

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Release Date: December 30, 2002

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kathy
Bates, Jack Kehler, Sarah
Koskoff, and Stephen
Tobolowsky

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 90 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Director: Todd Louiso

Executive Producer: Clark McCutchen, Vincent
Maraval, Daniel Guckau, Jim,
Czarnecki, Rainer Kolmel, and
Alain de la Mata

Producer: Ruth Charny, Chris Hanley,
Corky O’Hara, and Jeffrey
Roda

Writer: Gordy Hoffman

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Michael Barker, Tom Bernard & Marcie Bloom
Co-Presidents
Sony Pictures Classics
550 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 833-8833
Web Page: www.spe.sony.com

Content:

(B, H, LL, N, A, DD, M) Mildly moral character study of a humanist man lost in grief, anger and addiction; about 38 obscenities, four strong profanities and 11 light profanities; mild violence such as man accidentally sets clothes on fire, man breaks into mother-in-law’s house and gets violently angry for brief moment; no sex; brief rear and upper male and female nudity in naturalistic contexts; alcohol use; smoking, scenes of sniffing gasoline and protagonist gives gas to teenagers who want to sniff it; and, stealing, self-pity and refusal to acknowledge one’s drug addiction and psychological, spiritual disturbance and emptiness.

Summary:

LOVE LIZA stars Philip Seymour Hoffman in another terrific performance as a successful website designer who becomes utterly despondent when his wife suddenly commits suicide. A captivating character study with a light moral worldview, LOVE LIZA nevertheless contains plenty of scenes with strong drug use and strong foul language, plus brief nudity.

Review:

LOVE LIZA stars Philip Seymour Hoffman in another terrific performance as a successful website designer who becomes utterly despondent when his wife suddenly commits suicide. It’s a captivating character study.

Wilson Joel is so overcome with grief, anger, self-pity, and self-loathing by the loss of his wife that he can’t bring himself to open the suicide letter she left under his pillow. In fact, Wilson is so overcome with grief and anger that he starts sniffing gasoline for model airplanes to numb his pain. Everyone from his female boss at work to the rich client he’s working for to his mother-in-law desperately try to help Wilson snap out of it, but Wilson fails to respond. Finally, however, Wilson becomes fascinated with remote-control model enthusiasts, including his boss’s goofy brother, who tries to befriend him.

Hoffman turns in another terrific performance as the despondent husband. He makes LOVE LIZA a captivating character study of a man on the edge of self-destruction. Hoffman is ably supported by Kathy Bates as the concerned mother-in-law and especially Jack Kehler as Denny, the boss’s brother, in a wonderful character role. Although the movie is paced slowly, the last provocative shot may have many viewers thinking about the nature of grief and how to cope best with it.

The end of this story is lightly moral in that viewers may learn that hanging onto grief, anger, self-pity, and self-loathing can lead to a dangerous addiction that may destroy not only you, but also the things you love. The ending also shows that you can’t rely on the people and things of this world to help you. Regrettably, however, LOVE LIZA offers no positive spiritual answers and contains plenty of scenes with strong drug use and strong foul language. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

In Brief:

LOVE LIZA stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Wilson, a successful website designer so overcome with grief and anger by his wife’s suicide that he can’t bring himself to open the note she left under his pillow. Wilson is so overcome with grief and anger that he starts sniffing gasoline for model airplanes to numb his pain. Everyone from his female boss at work to the rich client he’s working for to his mother-in-law desperately try to help him, but Wilson fails to respond. Wilson finally becomes fascinated with remote-control model enthusiasts, including his boss’s goofy brother, who tries to befriend him. Can this help save Wilson?



Hoffman turns in another terrific performance as the despondent husband. He makes LOVE LIZA a captivating character study of a man on the edge of self-destruction. The end of the story is moral, up to a point, in that viewers may learn that hanging onto grief, anger, self-pity, and self-loathing can lead to dangerous addictions that may destroy not only you, but also the things you love. Regrettably, however, LOVE LIZA offers no positive spiritual answers and contains scenes of strong drug use, strong foul language and brief nudity