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Side Effects (2005)

A young woman fumbles with love and ethics as she navigates a career with one of corporate America's darlings...the pharmaceutical industry.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy Adell ...
Dr. Jones
David M. Ames ...
Dr. Jakobs (as David Ames)
John Apple ...
Plant Manager (as John L. Apple)
Ron Baumgartner ...
Business Man @ Plant
Collin Spencer ...
T. Bates (as Collin Bernhardt Spencer)
Bill Bolz ...
Scary Man (as William Bolz)
Stacy Brickson ...
Dr. Collins
Nathan Caracter ...
Recruiter
Tom Christianson ...
Dr. Michaels (as Tom Christensen)
Nathan Connor ...
Scott
Janet Cresson ...
Debbie
Tom Curtis ...
Dr. Allen
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Jacqueline
David Durbin ...
Dan (as Dave Durbin)
Lee Ernst ...
Jack Klug
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Karly Hert is hired by the Braden-Andrews to work as pharmaceutical sales representative persuading doctors to prescribe drugs from Braden-Andrews. Karly feels a moral dilemma with her unethical job, but is seduced by the salary, car, bonus and benefits offered by the corporation. When Karly meets her former rep Zach Danner, they fall in love with each other. Karly gives herself a deadline of six months to quit her job and she decides to be honest with the physicians. The result increases the market share of Braden-Andrews and Karly is promoted; receives a BMW as an upgrade. When the anti-depressive Vivexx is approved by FDA, Karly finds that there are medical reports showing liver issues hidden by the industry. Karly is nominated by Braden-Adrews to the award Industry Rep of the Year and she needs to take a decision. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Love is a drug! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for momentary language and brief sexuality. | See all certifications »

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9 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Efeitos Colaterais  »

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Although unrelated to Steven Soderbergh's movie of the same name, both movies deal with the side effects of a fictitious anti depressant and the way the pharmaceutical industry deals with such issues. See more »

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It seems that almost every time the one or more characters walks in front of a window, you can see the crew in the reflection, especially car windows. See more »

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SOMETHING
Performed by Nafro
Written by Jamie Allensworth
Courtesy of Jophes Entertainment
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A Hard Pill to Swallow
9 September 2005 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Writer and Director Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau draws from her 10 years of experience as a Pharmaceutical Sales Rep and adds a touch of comedy and romance to make the point that there is a constant battle between Profit and Healthcare for the major drug companies. No real revelation there.

What is at least interesting is her approach to telling the story. Katherine Heigl (from TV's "Grey's Anatomy") is perky and sparkles as the Sales Rep torn between the big paydays and her own personal integrity. It is not difficult to understand how one could be seduced into turning a deaf ear to the negative and instead buying into the corporate propaganda. Thousands of dollars in bonus checks and upgrades in company cars are just some of the perks that go along with playing the game.

The issue I have is with the movie-making aspect of this film. It has the feel of a film project, not a quality independent film with an important message. The romantic comedy approach takes away from the expose' of the industry. All of the office politics could take place at Any Office, USA. Total frustration with one's job and company is commonplace in every single office building in the country. What makes the story different is the corporate level disregard for public safety in order to maximize profits. Not enough of the film dealt with this process.

Michael Moore's next project centers on the Pharmaceutical world and my guess is it will provide many more questions on the entire industry than "Side Effects" has. I will also venture a guess and say that Mr. Moore's soundtrack will be nowhere near as cool as the "Side Effects" soundtrack!


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