Hateship, Loveship is an American drama film directed by Liza Johnson and written by Mark Poirier, based on the 2001 short story "Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage" by Alice Munro. It premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 6, 2013. On 11 March 2014, the official trailer for the film was released.


After showing up to work Jo's employer makes a request, having fulfilled that Johanna Parry (Kristen Wiig) must move to a new town to begin work as a housekeeper for Mr. McCauley (Nick Nolte), an elderly man who needs help keeping house, and to be a caretaker for McCauley's granddaughter, Sabitha (Hailee Steinfeld). She meets Sabitha's father and McCauley's son-in-law, Ken (Guy Pearce), who does not live with Sabitha or McCauley, but instead resides in Chicago. Sabitha's best friend, Edith (Sami Gayle), tells Johanna (after Johanna asks where Sabitha's mother lives) that Ken's wife died several years ago. After inviting Johanna and Sabitha to dinner, Ken writes a friendly note to Johanna, which his daughter delivers. Johanna writes a response letter and Sabitha's friend Edith offers to take it to the post office and mail it. Instead, she intercepts the letter and as a cruel joke, the two teenagers forge a love note from Ken, addressed to Johanna. Then they set up a fake email account for Ken (who does not have email). They impersonate him, responding to love emails from Johanna. "Ken" calls her "my only friend". But trust must be evaluated when "Ken" asks Johanna to visit him in Chicago, where she'll choose to find out the truth about Ken's life lifting it into focus.


  • Kristen Wiig as Johanna Parry
  • Hailee Steinfeld as Sabitha
  • Guy Pearce as Ken
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Chloe
  • Nick Nolte as Mr. McCauley
  • Sami Gayle as Edith
  • Christine Lahti as Eileen
  • Grant Case as Mover
  • Casey Hendershot as Mover
  • Brett Roedel as Jason
  • Brian Roedel as Justin
  • Joel K. Berger as Stevie
Filmography of Hailee Steinfeld
She's a FoxTrue GritHateship, LoveshipBegin AgainRomeo & JulietEnder's Game3 Days to KillThe HomesmanThe Keeping RoomUnityWhen Marnie Was ThereTen Thousand SaintsPitch Perfect 2Barely LethalTerm LifeThe Edge of SeventeenPitch Perfect 3Bumblebee: The Movie