14 March 2014 12:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There isn’t a pharmaceutical cocktail powerful enough to improve the dreadful comedy of “Better Living Through Chemistry.” Squandering a committed lead performance from Sam Rockwell, the feature debut of development execs-turned-filmmakers Geoff Moore and David Posamentier treats routine suburban malaise with an overdose of glib indie cliches. Without fest exposure or critical support, Samuel Goldwyn Films’ limited theatrical release on March 14 is just advertising for the simultaneous VOD bow.

Affable pharmacist Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) sails through life doing exactly as he’s told. His type-a wife, Kara (Michelle Monaghan), runs the household when she’s not teaching spin classes or training for the next local cycling race, and his domineering father-in-law, Walter (Ken Howard), keeps a tight leash on the pharmacy where Doug works even after retirement. Doug can’t even muster the courage to confront his 12-year-old son, Ethan (Harrison Holzer), about the boy’s increasingly antisocial »

- Geoff Berkshire

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