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Hateship Loveship

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Director Liza Johnson's low-key drama Hateship Loveship stars Kristen Wiig as Johanna, a mild-mannered woman hired by Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) to care for his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld), whose teen growing pains are exacerbated by her irresponsible father Ken (Guy Pearce) and the fact that her mother passed away. Sabitha and her best friend begin catfishing Johanna, convincing her that Ken, who lives in a different city, has fallen in love with her. When Johanna makes the first impulsive decision ...
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Overview

Director Liza Johnson's low-key drama Hateship Loveship stars Kristen Wiig as Johanna, a mild-mannered woman hired by Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) to care for his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld), whose teen growing pains are exacerbated by her irresponsible father Ken (Guy Pearce) and the fact that her mother passed away. Sabitha and her best friend begin catfishing Johanna, convincing her that Ken, who lives in a different city, has fallen in love with her. When Johanna makes the first impulsive decision of her life to travel to Ken, the truth comes out, but unexpected ramifications are in store for everyone. Hateship Loveship screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Admirably, Liza Johnson's Hateship Loveship, an adaptation of an Alice Munro short story, wants to be as quietly observant and people-oriented as Munro is in her work. And while there is much to admire in the performances, the movie's measured pace withholds the best parts for a frustratingly long time. Kristen Wiig plays Johanna, a mild-mannered woman hired by Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte) to care for his granddaughter Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld), whose teen growing pains are exacerbated by her troubled relationship with her irresponsible, absent father Ken (Guy Pearce) and the fact that her mother passed away. Sabitha and her best friend begin catfishing Johanna, convincing her that Ken, who lives in a different city, has fallen in love with her. When Johanna makes the first impulsive decision of her life and travels to meet Ken, the truth eventually comes out. When it comes to capturing the finer details of the characters, Johnson and screenwriter Mark Poirier do their source material justice. The actors are able to express the tumultuous interior lives of the people they portray -- as when Sabitha confronts her vindictive friend after their joke goes too far -- without ever resorting to histrionics. In particular, Guy Pearce's drug-addicted Ken isn't a stereotype, but a man who has made very bad choices and is on the verge of understanding that he can change. While all of this results in some high-quality acting, the movie's insistence on character over plot can make it feel very slow. The story mechanics in the first half that prompt Johanna to visit Ken are exactly that: just a string of incidents that lead to the protagonist developing a much more interesting relationship than the one she had with Sabitha. If the script had raised the stakes a little earlier, it would have been a far more compelling experience. Kristen Wiig became a star on Saturday Night Live by playing outrageously broad characters. From Gilly to the Target Lady to Dooneese, they always made life awkward for everyone around them. Ironically, her movie career has consisted primarily of playing characters who are themselves uncomfortable. In her breakout film Bridesmaids, she was the quietly neurotic, yearning center surrounded by crazies. She's kept up her low-key vibe in several additional movies (including this one), and while it's a pleasure to see her challenge herself, the comedy in Hateship Loveship derives from Wiig's familiar comic persona clashing with Johanna's repression. As a performer, Wiig is comfortable turning awkwardness into giggles, and that instinct occasionally works against the film's dramatic beats. However, everything comes together tonally in the movie's second half, when it becomes a portrait of a buttoned-down woman falling for a drug addict. Hateship Loveship's third act is a winner because the stakes are finally high enough that we don't want to laugh at Johanna or Wiig. We want both the actress and the character to be rewarded for taking a chance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2014
  • UPC: 030306937892
  • Original Release: 2013
  • Rating:

  • Source: Ifc Independent Film
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,348

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kristen Wiig Johanna Parry
Guy Pearce Ken
Nick Nolte Mr. McCauley
Hailee Steinfeld Sabitha
Christine Lahti Eileen
Jennifer Jason Leigh Chloe
Sami Gayle Edith
Technical Credits
Liza Johnson Director, Executive Producer
Kerry Barden Casting
Robert Ogden Barnum Producer
Hannah Beachler Production Designer
Michael Benaroya Producer
Abigail E. Disney Executive Producer
Neal Dodson Co-producer
Cassian Elwes Producer
Kevin Scott Frakes Executive Producer
Noah C. Haeussner Executive Producer
Dickon Hinchliffe Score Composer
Susan Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Ali Jazayeri Executive Producer
Joe Jenckes Executive Producer
Sloane Klevin Executive Producer
Jennifer Von Mayrhauser Costumes/Costume Designer
Jamin O'Brien Producer
Buddy Patrick Executive Producer
Jacob Pechenik Executive Producer
Mark Jude Poirier Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Michael Raimondi Executive Producer
Paul Schnee Casting
Dylan Sellers Producer
Michael Taylor Editor
Kasper Tuxen Cinematographer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Kristen Wiig Executive Producer
Clayton Young Co-producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hateship Loveship
1. Opening Credits [8:48]
2. Ripping You Off [7:37]
3. Left This Note [8:18]
4. Seems Like a Waste [11:09]
5. Wearing Makeup [6:36]
6. I Don't Have Email [8:50]
7. Pretty Nasty [10:47]
8. Out for Good [8:45]
9. Supper Ran Late [9:45]
10. Pretty Face [8:12]
11. Amazing Offer [9:57]
12. Ending Credits [3:07]
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