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Love Liza (2002)

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Following the unexplained suicide of his wife Liza, a web designer turns to gasoline fumes and remote-control airplanes while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bern (as JD Walsh)
Jimmy Raskin ...
Mary Ann Bankhead
Sarah Koskoff ...
Mark Hannibal ...
Waiter with Drink
Bland Man
Trace Turville ...
Bland Woman
Gas Station
Tom Bailey
Jennifer Keddy ...
David Lenthall ...
Hobbytown USA Clerk (as David Lenthal)


Wilson Joel is a man in trouble. There's a searing pain in his gut that he can't tolerate and a dazed quietness to his struggle as he tries to maintain his equilibrium. Wilson is attempting to move on from the sudden and inexplicable suicide of his wife. His mother-in-law is there for him, but her sympathies turn quickly. He has an employer that seems to want to help him, and a workmate who wants him for herself. But nothing and no one can give Wilson solace; so, he seeks oblivion. It is not the usual alcohol or drugs. Wilson inhales fumes from gasoline cans and model airplane fuel and finds temporary salvation in the company of remote-control model enthusiasts. However, nothing that provides him relief really lasts. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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A Comic Tragedy


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 January 2003 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Con amor, Liza  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,522 (USA) (3 January 2003)


$211,724 (USA) (11 April 2003)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Denny: So what do you got in there?
Wilson Joel: What do I got?
Denny: Yeah, Maura said you have a plane.
Wilson Joel: Yeah. It's really, really... I just got it.
Denny: Oh yeah, when?
Wilson Joel: Oh, not today. I mean... not today! You know?
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Crazy Credits

SPECIAL THANKS TO Melissa Morgan's Parents and Family See more »


Referenced in Film Geek (2005) See more »


Good Times
Written and Performed by Jim O'Rourke
© 2001 Field Code Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Drag City
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Good film, made Brilliant by superb performances
2 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Love Liza" is a great film. A story about depression and the effect loved ones have on each other, it elicits all kinds of emotions from the audience: Laughter, Sadness, Anger. It deals with two subjects that are not easily displayed on film: Drug Use and Suicide, but deals with them in a brilliant way. After the death of his wife, Wilson (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), is thrown into a state of depression. He finds his wife's suicide note but does not want to open for fear of its contents and begins huffing gasoline to try to steer clear of the pain. Phillip Seymour Hoffman IS Wilson and does not skip a beat the entire film. He is one of this generations greatest actors, and this film shows why. Jack Kehler as Denny turns in a tremendous performance as well as Kathy Bates as Wilson's mother-in-law. Good film, made brilliant by superb performances.

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