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LOVE LIZA

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Love Liza

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
90 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/30/02
performer:
Kathy Bates, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Kehler, Stephen Tobolowsky
director:
Todd Louiso
distributor:
Sony Pictures Classics
author:
Gordy Hoffman
genre:
Drama

We gave it a C

In this indulgently feel-bad indie, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a website designer incapacitated by grief over his wife’s suicide. He’s a walking lump of a man who can’t bear to do anything, really, except sniff gasoline, which eventually leads him to the arcane world of model-airplane aficionados. While Hoffman acts the hell out of the role, Love Liza doesn’t so much dramatize one character’s process of mourning as string together arbitrarily strange scenarios that allow a performer to perform.