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Hateship Loveship DVD Review

Hateship Loveship DVD

Not even the all-star cast can save “Hateship Loveship”

After her former employer passes away, a shy, quiet, gullible housekeeper/caretaker (Johanna) gets a new gig working at Mr. McCauley’s household where he lives with his angsty granddaughter Sabitha. From the get go, it’s clear that Sabitha and her pal do not like Johanna so the two decide to play a practical joke on her by writing romantic letter (and e-mails) to Johanna posing as Sabitha’s father Ken. Eventually, this practical joke spirals out of control as Johanna falls so hard for Ken that she winds up making a life altering decision to move in within him despite the fact that he has no idea what is going on. Can Johanna and Ken actually develop a relationship or does this cruel joke wind up hurting everyone involved?

“Hateship Loveship” made the usual film festival rounds, but it didn’t garner much attention for a reason. The peculiar fairytale esque drama leaves you wanting more and not in a good way. It’s hard to buy into this story of a misunderstanding leading to something greater because it doesn’t add up to much. This movie could have been an interesting character study, but instead we’re left with a rather bland indie film with an absurdly happy ending (even if has a point).

On the plus side, “Hateship Loveship” is made watchable thanks to an all-star cast that consists of Guy Pearce, Hailee Steinfeld, Nick Nolte and Kristen Wiig. Wiig offers up the most interesting performance here as she sheds her SNL persona here for a more reserved dramatic role. Honestly though, the entire cast deserves far more challenging and rewarding characters to work with than what they were given here.


Presentation: 2.40:1. How does it look? While the not most picturesque motion picture, it is a well shot film that has been given a fine DVD transfer.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? This is generally a pretty quiet film, but the track does the job.

The only extras are a “Hateship Loveship” trailer and other IFC Films trailers.

August 27, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

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