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Love Liza
Love Liza
Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Annie Morgan, Kathy Bates, J.D. Walsh, Jimmy Raskin
Director: Todd Louiso
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
R     2003     1hr 30min

Following the unexplained suicide of his wife, Liza, website designer Wilson Joel (Hoffman) turns to gasoline fumes and remote control gaming while avoiding an inevitable conflict with his mother-in-law (Bates). Starrin...  more »


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Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Annie Morgan, Kathy Bates, J.D. Walsh, Jimmy Raskin
Director: Todd Louiso
Creators: Alain de la Mata, Chris Hanley, Clark McCutchen, D. Scott Lumpkin, Daniel Guckau, David Hillary, Gordy Hoffman
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 05/27/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Hindi, Portuguese

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Member Movie Reviews

Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 2/15/2014...
Love Liza is all about love and how tragically it can be ripped from you! Phillip Seymour Hoffman gives a mesmerizing performance in this movie called a “comic tragedy” on the cover. I found it to be totally sad yet captivating. He attempts to drown his feelings by “huffing” gasoline and sleeping on the floor instead of their bed after his wife kills herself. He keeps a suicide note she left for him (under his pillow) and does not read it until near the movie’s end. His mother in law (Kathy Bates) has her own demons to deal with after her daughter’s tragic end and both must work out their emotions with no help from each other. Overall this is a sad movie but the acting talent makes it all work somehow. We will absolutely miss Hoffman!
Brad S. (Snibot) from DALLAS, TX
Reviewed on 5/11/2012...
There is very little comic about this movie. It is about pain, lose, and suffering. If that is your thing then this movie is probably right up your alley. There is some great acting, and the writting is good. I was just pretty depressed at the end of it.

If you are looking for something to bring you down to reality this movie will deliver, but have a comedy handy because it is pretty strong.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Brilliant portrayal of loss and dispair
Michael S. Morgan | 05/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm not sure how or why the other two reviewers missed the point of the movie. Hoffman is simply brilliant as Wilson, a young man trying to cope with everyday life after his wife kills herself less than 3 weeks earlier. She left a note, which Philip Seymour Hoffman finds but struggles to work up the courage to open and read. His newfound addiction to 'huffing' gas only adds to his inability to handle work, his friends, or doing anything other than getting high. If you like Philip Seymour Hoffman in his other depressing work (Happiness), you'll see that he's become a master of the role. Yes, there are moments of uncomfortable laughter, but that doens't make Love Liza a comedy. Its not. Its a very depressing, yet wonderfully acted, film. The dialog was natural -- which is to say that it was simple, confused, and sometimes directionless -- exactly how you would expect an addicted, young man coping with the suicide of his wife would be. Kathy Bates is excellent as the mother of the deceased, trying to cope with her loss as well. She battles with Hoffman, trying to be supportive, yet urging him to open the letter, hoping to find some answers to why her daugter killed herself.This is a brilliant film, with Philip Seymour Hoffman at his absolute best. But if anyone suggests that this is a "dark comedy" - beware. There is no comedy here. Unless you think coping with the loss of your wife is funny."
Phenomenal performance and script.
cplewis | Merrifield, Virginia United States | 10/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was phenomenal and was gone from the theatres way too quickly -- but luckily for all of us, it's now available on DVD. Phillip Seymour Hoffman's tragic, grief-stricken performance was one of the highlights of this film -- it's about time he was cast in a role that was tailor-made for him as this one was ("Love Liza" was written by his brother Gordy Hoffman).This film is an excellent portrayal of a man who is coping with the suicide of his wife and who adopts a hobby to cover up a huffing habit as if he were a rebellious teenager. The film ends as abstractly as it begins, without falling into the Hollywood trap of tying everything up into a neat little package, and for that we can all be grateful. It will be interesting to see where director Todd Louiso and the two Hoffmans go next."
A powerhouse performance by Hoffman
Michael S. Morgan | Las Vegas | 07/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Love Liza is a cinematic masterpiece that takes us into the lonely world of a man consumed with guilt over the suicide of his wife. Phillip Seymour Hoffman gives a stunning and brilliant performance as Wilson. Not long into the movie we find that Wilson's wife Liza left him a suicide note that he cannot bring himself to read. Constantly hounded by his mother-in-law, played to perfection by Kathy Bates, he searches for any kind of release and finds it in an odd form, huffing gasoline fumes. Penned by Hoffman's brother Gordy, this film places us in a position most of us can relate with, the loss of a loved one. Phillip Seymour Hoffman delivers an Oscar calliber performance in a role that seems tailor made for him. Hoffman is strikingly believable and a pleasure to watch. He delivers every emotion and movement in just the right places and with great percision. He is truly one of the greatest actors that Hollywood houses today. I recommend this film to anyone who is a fan of excellent films and actors. Carried by a terrific screenplay and brilliant performances by both Hoffman and Kathy Bates, Love Liza can't miss."