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Movie Review: Love And Other Drugs February 15, 2011

Posted by shwaldman in Politics, Society.
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It has taken me way to long to get out this review and I am going to get through a couple more tonight, so look for more in the coming days. I am determined to do a better job of keeping up with my blogging. I definitely fell behind in the weeks leading up to and during our trip, but now that we are back, I hope to stay at it more consistently.

Netflix Synopsis: Pharmaceutical representative Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) becomes a player in the big game of male-performance-enhancement-drug sales and, along the way, finds unexpected romance with a woman (Anne Hathaway) suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Based on the real-life Jamie Reidy’s memoir, Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman, this satirical look inside the culture of Big Pharm is directed by Edward Zwick.

This was our second movie in the theater during the holiday break. Set in the age of the pharmaceutical wars, this movie was interesting on many levels. It definitely warranted the “R” rating, but could have been edited easily to reach a broader audience. I found the developing relationship between Gyllenhaal and Hathaway had decent on screen chemistry and was fairly believable. The seriousness of the choices they had to make was kind of belittled though by the satire of their “day jobs.”

That being said, it was one of the better movies we saw over the break. It had great performances by Gyllenhaal and Hathaway and a very deep and thought provoking story. And the was presented in a way that made the topic both realistic and funny. I would definitely recommend, as long as you are okay with nudity.

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