Side Effects (I) (2005)

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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 overview, first billed only:
Sandy Adell ...
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 ...
Nathan Caracter ...
Tom Christianson ...
Dr. Michaels (as Tom Christensen)
Nathan Connor ...
Janet Cresson ...
Tom Curtis ...
David Durbin ...
Dan (as Dave Durbin)
Lee Ernst ...


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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a satirical look at the pharmaceutical industry See more »


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9 September 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Efeitos Colaterais  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Performed by Tiffany Hafermann
Written by Candace Kreitlow & Tiffany Hafermann
Courtesy of HWP Music
Copyright: Tiffany Hafermann, Candace Kreitlow & Katie Waldren
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One mess of a movie.
11 March 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

I'm still in shocked, wondering how come a movie can be so horrible done. This movie has good intentions. Trying to open people's eyes is always a good thing. But that's about it. Good intentions.

The movie follows the story about a young woman who finds herself into the world of the pharmaceutical industry, while trying to maintain her ideals and integrity.

20 minutes into the film, and you'll be already laughing at how bad is this movie. Sub plots coming out of nowhere, bad acting performances, lack of rhythm, no direction whatsoever, painfully edited, sometimes shots are even out of focus …. I can go on forever. Katherine Heigl tries to put something out of nothing, but that's just not enough.

I've rated a 3/10, only because of the good intentions of the film and a plus point for Katherine Heigl.

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