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Hateship Loveship

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Slow-moving drama has some sex, drinking, language.

Movie R 2014 102 minutes
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Wiig is clearly talented, but Johanna feels artificially muzzled and contained because Wiig can't quite seem to get a handle on the role. This certainly isn't the first time that a comedian has taken on a meaty, dramatic role; plenty do so and succeed with both grace and surprising depth. But Wiig falls short in Hateship Loveship, which demands an actress capable of evoking complicated, ambivalent feelings without relying on actorly cues. Johanna is a quiet but explosive role; that quietness should have been communicated in a delicate but potent way, and Wiig doesn't give Johanna the delicacy she deserves. You can feel the effort emanating from her.

That said, Hateship Loveship isn't forgettable, either. Steinfeld and Nolte are excellent, and the story -- while yet another variation on woman-rescues-wayward-man-just-by-loving-him -- is interesting. It's just hard not to wish for a more nuanced portrayal of relationships.

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