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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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Todd Louiso

Writer:

Gordy Hoffman (screenplay)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Wilson Joel
J.D. Walsh ... Bern (as JD Walsh)
Jimmy Raskin Jimmy Raskin ... Pad
Kathy Bates ... Mary Ann Bankhead
Erika Alexander ... Brenda
Sarah Koskoff ... Maura
Mark Hannibal Mark Hannibal ... Waiter with Drink
Jim Wise ... Bland Man
Trace Turville Trace Turville ... Bland Woman
Wayne Duvall ... Gas Station
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Tom Bailey
Kevin Breznahan ... Jim
Jennifer Keddy Jennifer Keddy ... Lynne
David Lenthall David Lenthall ... Hobbytown USA Clerk (as David Lenthal)
Jack Kehler ... Denny
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Con amor, Liza See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,522, 5 January 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$211,724, 13 April 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There are two scenes when Wilson (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is trying to get into his mother-in-law's (Kathy Bates) house, he is screaming and rattling the bars on the outside of the house, as if he is imprisoned. This represents the cage of grief, how inescapable grief is. See more »

Quotes

Wilson Joel: 2 on 1 gas.
Gas Station: Somebody over at Arlington hobby said they never heard of a plane that runs on gasoline.
Wilson Joel: Well mine does.
Gas Station: He said it was impossible because
Wilson Joel: I own a plane and it runs on gas and I wanna fly the thing right fucking now!
Gas Station: You don't have to yell.
Wilson Joel: Well, I just want to buy 2 dollars worth of fucking gas! 2 on 1... 2 on 1.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Happy As Larry
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Unremittingly Grim
16 February 2007 | by yespatSee all my reviews

Before you watch this film you must ask yourself, how depressed am I? There is not a bright light in this film anywhere. If you are already on the edge and don't want to go over, I would not recommend watching this film.

That said, Phillip Seymour Hoffman gave an Oscar-worthy performance. He was completely terrific and should have won the Oscar for this film. Kathy Bates was great too. Everyone was great. The story was believable and well scripted.

But, unless you enjoy slumming in depression, I would forgo watching this film. There are too many other films that offer even the smallest ray of positivity to spend your time on this one. A tiny smile generated from a film is, in my humble opinion, better than being left looking for the razor blades.

I gave it a 7 because of the craftsmanship exhibited by the actors and filmmakers. If I had to give it a rating on how it made me feel afterward, I'd probably have to give it a 1.


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