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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

The upside: It’s only 90 minutes. The downside: It’s an overly depressing self-described ”comic tragedy” that produces nary a laugh. After his wife takes her own life, Web designer Wilson (Hoffman) staggers hopelessly through his, reluctant to read the suicide note she left him and sniffing gasoline to numb the pain. The attempts at levity come across awkwardly in an otherwise bleak, ambling tale, and while Hoffman and Bates (as Wilson’s mother-in-law) are predictably solid, the movie simply doesn’t match the weight of their performances.