Kristin Wiig’s Latest - HATESHIP LOVESHPApril 15, 2014
On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today's review: HATESHIP LOVESHIP (IFC).
The sad clown is a trope that’s endured as long as drama itself. Hiding one’s own woes behind a mask of laughs is as familiar a move as any in storytelling. The logical outgrowth of the “laugh, clown, laugh” syndrome is the need comic actors feel to undertake “serious” roles.
Sometimes it works: Bill Murray has certainly shown improvement as a so-called “dramatic” actor since his stumble through THE RAZOR’S EDGE, even garnering an Oscar nomination. Jim Carrey acquitted himself brilliantly in THE TRUMAN SHOW. And the broad, burly John Candy was effective in JFK and Chris Columbus’s treacly ONLY THE LONELY.
Along comes Kristen Wiig. Fresh off her truly star-making tenure on SNL, Wiig established her feature film bona fides in fun flicks like MACGRUBER and ADVENTURELAND. Then she rocked the world as the co-writer and star of the megahit that was BRIDESMAIDS, which offered her the opportunity to take some chances, which is exactly what she does in HATESHIP LOVESHIP.
Based on a short story by Alice Munro, HATESHIP LOVESHIP is the story of mousier-than-mousy young woman, Johanna, who is a housekeeper/caregiver. When her elderly charge dies, Johanna finds work with the McCauley family, where stern grandpa (Nick Nolte, WARRIOR) is the guardian of sullen teen (Hailee Steinfeld, TRUE GRIT), with ne’er-do-well dad, Ken (Guy Pearce, IRON MAN 3) drifting in and out of their lives.
Kristin Wiig, Guy Pearce / HATESHIP LOVESHIP (IFC Films)
Along with friend Edith, played by Sami Gayle, who made such a shattering impression in Tony Kaye’s DETACHMENT, Steinfeld’s spiteful Sabitha makes Johanna the object of a cruel prank that preys on the older woman’s naivete and loneliness. As a result of the teens’ bogus emails, Johanna pursues the shifty Ken to his latest sure-to-fail business venture, a roadside motel.