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I’m Feeling the Hateship, Loveship

hateshiploveship[1]I prefer to write about the movies that I enjoyed. Every once in a while, I hope I can be forgiven for giving you a list of stories to beware. It will save you time, and let you get on to the good stuff.

First, Hateship Loveship (2013) isn’t marketed as a romance, it’s an understated drama. However, the premise is straight out of the romance novel handbook. (Yes, there are handbooks out there, but they’re terrible. Don’t read those.):

 Hired to look after an elderly man and his teenage granddaughter, a dowdy caretaker finds herself drawn to the girls ne’er-do-well father.

And on IMDB it says:

A wild teenage girl orchestrates a romance between her nanny and her father, who is a recovering addict.

The movie stars Kristin Wiig, who is understated as a barely educated caretaker who is ignorant and inexperienced in dealing with the world.

With her is Guy Pierce, who is convincing as a guilt-riddled, drug addicted, ex-con. He barely deals with his father-in-law, who is raising his rebellious teenage daughter. The man’s life is shattered and broken, but he still appeals to the caretaker.

She comes into his life, is tricked into thinking he wants to marry her, and goes to him in the city. This really could be a romance. She cleans up his home, and his life. She finds stability she always wanted. The problem is that it’s a little too realistic when he doesn’t quite reform, and she’s still caretaking him and questioning whether he’s really quit his drugs.

There are moments in this movie I really like. It holds a rare truthfulness about what people are and aren’t capable of that we prefer to overlook. I’d loved to have shaken the main character and told her to speak up for herself! Not every woman has to be thin, witty, and always getting her way, so it was nice to see a different sort of woman, but can’t she also be happy?

This is one of those stories that could fit into a number of genres, depending on where you decide to end it. The author chose an ambiguous ending.

Like its main character, Hateship Loveship isn’t quite enough of anything to be really loved. It remains, as Netflix put it: Understated.

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About Lela Bay

Lela lives in a modest house in a modest town with her husband, children, and pets. Despite living so far north, she requires a certain amount of sunshine each day or she gets grumpy. Her hands are always cold, but her heart is warm. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys strolling, gardening, reading, and tea time with friends. Music has always been a large part of her life, and she owns a ridiculous number of instruments, though these days she mostly plays Rock Band. Lela’s favorite romance authors include Laura Kinsale, Jennifer Cruise, and Jane Austen. She enjoys stories with intimacy and humor. Favorite movies include Overboard, All of Me, North & South, Pride and Prejudice (miniseries with Colin Firth, please), The Princess Bride, and While You Were Sleeping. On television she is a fan of Grey’s Anatomy, Downton Abbey, and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. She frequently contributes movie and entertainment reviews to Meant to Be Press. Follow Lela on twitter @bay_lela

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This entry was posted on June 24, 2016 by in Entertainment, Movie Review.
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