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Hateship Loveship (2013)

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A wild teenage girl orchestrates a romance between her nanny and her father, who is a recovering addict.


Liza Johnson


Mark Poirier (screenplay) (as Mark Jude Poirier), Alice Munro (short story "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage")





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Wiig ... Johanna Parry
Guy Pearce ... Ken
Hailee Steinfeld ... Sabitha
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Chloe
Sami Gayle ... Edith
Christine Lahti ... Eileen
Nick Nolte ... Mr. McCauley
Lauren Swinney Lauren Swinney ... Mrs. Willets
Jeff Pope ... Oxygen Delivery Man
Joel K. Berger Joel K. Berger ... Stevie (as Joel Berger)
Don Brady Don Brady ... Man on Computer
Becki Davis ... Librarian
Peggy Walton-Walker ... Michelle's Clerk (as Peggy Walton Walker)
Douglas M. Griffin ... Shipping Clerk
Tony Bentley ... Mover


Johanna Parry, a quiet caregiver, starts a new job working for an elderly Mr. McCauley and his teenage granddaughter Sabitha. A cruel trick by Sabitha lands Johanna in an awkward one-way relationship with Ken, Sabitha's estranged father but her newfound ambition and desire gives her courage to transform her awkward doom into real contentment. Written by Hateship Productions

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Dare to care.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

12 June 2014 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,015, 13 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$50,573, 16 May 2014
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The motel shot in this film is the same motel used in Dallas Buyers Club. In New Orleans, La See more »


When Johanna sees the old furniture for the first time, it was shown to be covered in dust but it was clearly freshly spread sand. See more »


[first lines]
Mrs. Willets: Johanna?
Johanna Parry: I'm here.
Mrs. Willets: Yes.
[Johanna sniffs the bed and see's that Mrs. Willets needs a change]
Mrs. Willets: I'd like to wear my blue dress.
Johanna Parry: Yes, Ma'am
[Johanna returns to find Mrs. Willets not alive, Johanna then irons and helps Mrs. Willets body into the blue dress]
Johanna Parry: [Johanna then phones the police] Hi. Yes. I'd like to report a death. Yes, Ma'am. No, Um - I don't know. She's very old. I take care of her. No, I work here. Yes, Ma'am.
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Best Of Me
Written by Jerome Henry Spence, Felisha Booker,
Trey Emilio Dwight & Antoine Jermaine Heard
Performed by Trey Emilio Dwight
Published by Heavy Hitters, Mopsy Music & John Sansone Music
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters Music Group
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A Gem, somewhat hidden, at first...
11 August 2015 | by Gerald DunhamSee all my reviews

This too, for me, was initially so dreadful (and I thought... potentially depressing) a story (initially) that I stopped watching it after about 20 minutes...

BUT!!! A couple months later, I watched Kristen Wigg in "Bridesmaids" (a second time, this time to observe Ms. Wigg)... and realized (in addition to her talents shown in "Welcome to Me") that Kristen was actually a POWERFUL actress, with a BROAD range of talent and acting ability...

SO... I gave it another chance, last night, realizing that this NON-major NON-Hollywood production was a personal acting choice for Kristen, for the real CHALLENGE it presented...!!! and I'm SO very glad I did.

I started over, watching it from the beginning, with a new understanding of the role.

Her line "I have what I want." was such a moving moment (and resonated as a point of strength and stability that I happen to really need (a nightmare boss) to realize in MY life) that it became something of a mantra, to put my mind to rest, last night.

Now, having watched Kristen Wigg perform in "Girl Most Likely" and "The Skeleton Twins", I'm simply filled with admiration for what I consider her phenomenal talent, as a versatile actress.

I want to add that I thought Guy Pierce was FLAWLESS, and (little downer here) Nick Nolte's facial features... were (how to put this...) disturbing and distracting.

Otherwise... a TERRIFIC Film!!!

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