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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.

Director:

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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Hoffman plays Wilson Joel, a tech-head whose wife has recently committed suicide, although it takes us a while to figure that out. He presents a facade of conviviality in the office, sometimes punctuated by outbursts of laughter that go on too long, like choked grief. His home seems frozen in a state of mid-unpacking, and he sleeps on the floor. Eventually he stops going in to work altogether. - Roger Ebert 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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Soundtracks

Through The Night Softly
Written and Performed by Jim O'Rourke
© 1999 Field Code Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Drag City
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Phillip Seymour Hoffman carried this movie brilliantly
28 August 2003 | by coedog3See all my reviews

This movie had decent directing, decent story, well done cinematography. The only thing that really made it worth watching was Seymour Hoffman's awesome performance. The movie was a bit quiet at times, I think there was a point in the movie when not a word was said for at least ten minutes. But if your someone who'll see a movie just for the acting, than this one is worth renting, probably not buying though, it's far too depressing.


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Country:

France | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Liza See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,522, 5 January 2003

Gross USA:

$213,137

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$223,426
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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