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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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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Written by Thomas Richard Smith Sr.
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So Glad I Finally Took This Movie Home
17 September 2014 | by randbishSee all my reviews

Being funny on the screen seems effortless to Kristen Wiig. Her comedic clowning skills are on a par with Lucille Ball and Shelly Long. Sincerity, however, doesn't come as easily — especially when her character is plain and charmless.

HATESHIP LOVESHIP sat on the Thriftway DVD rental shelf for several weeks. I took note of its great cast: Wiig, supported by Guy Pierce, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Christine Lahti, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. What could go wrong there? My memories of GIRL MOST LIKELY (which was supposed to be a comedy, but whiffed miserably) prevented me from taking the chance. Wiig's performance as said GIRL lacked any charm whatsoever; she was drab, homely, and totally unappealing. So, what was she going to do with this, her first dramatic role? It didn't look promising at all.

Finally, I took HATESHIP LOVESHIP home. And, I'm so very glad I did. What a splendid collaboration between star, cast, screenwriter, director and crew in this adaptation of Alice Munro's short story. Ain't no heroes here. These are real, extremely flawed human beings. They might live next door to anyone. They might be anyone.

Wiig's Johanna is a caretaker. That's what makes her life make sense. And, that's her odd beauty. She also finds herself attracted to bad boy Ken (Pierce) a drug-addicted user with delusions of accomplishing something that will finally give him independence.

But no one in this story seems to feel entitled to anything. They've all been wounded. So they protect themselves.

No one is hanging from a cliff. No clock is ticking. No fuse is burning down. Yet, somehow watching Johanna scrub a long-neglected bathtub filled me with worry, hoping she wasn't setting herself up for disaster.

The sex scenes, while not showing any nudity, are luscious and beautiful. I hope to see more of Liza Johnson. She is one gifted and inspired director.

Yeah, maybe Ken will never change. But it won't be for Johanna's lack of patience, and devotion. The story leaves us rootin' for the dude — and loving her. The doormat has won his respect and admiration. And ours. She deserves it.

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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

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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