In this indulgently feel-bad indie, Philip Seymour Hoffman plays a website designer incapacitated by grief over his wife’s suicide. He’s a walking lump of a man who can’t bear to do anything, really, except sniff gasoline, which eventually leads him to the arcane world of model-airplane aficionados. While Hoffman acts the hell out of the role, Love Liza doesn’t so much dramatize one character’s process of mourning as string together arbitrarily strange scenarios that allow a performer to perform.
Genre: Drama; Starring: Kathy Bates, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Kehler, Stephen Tobolowsky; Director: Todd Louiso; Author: Gordy Hoffman; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Posted January 17 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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