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Side Effects -- 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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A young woman fumbles with love and ethics as she navigates a career with one of corporate America's darlings...the pharmaceutical industry. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
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

Dorian DeMichele ... Jacqueline
David Durbin ... Dan (as Dave Durbin)
Lee Ernst ... Jack Klug
Glenn Fahlstrom ... Peter Anderson
Eric Greiling ... Dr. Gavin
Temeceka Harris ... Grace

Beth Hebert ... Sarah

Katherine Heigl ... Karly Hert / Lips 2
Ilka Hoffins ... Sally Dobson
Steve Hoffins ... Dead Husband
Emily Hoffins ... Sally's Kid
Evan Hoffins ... Sally's Kid
Robert Irvine ... Dr. Wheeler
Jeff Jaeckle ... Dr. Rosen (as Jeffery Jaeckle)

Torrey Jaeckle ... Business Man @ Plant
Jan M. Janssen ... Dr. Gardner

Hisonni Johnson ... 2nd Suit
Mary Kababik ... Mom

Christopher Karbo ... Dr. Feinstein
Kelly Kearns ... Staff Member

Debbie Kunz ... Carol

Nicholas Owen Langholff ... Pizza Delivery Guy (as Nicholas Langholff)
Tom Lodewyck ... Dr. Smith
John Majer ... Physician
Ed Maxcy ... Man in Pharmacy
Lucian McAfee ... Zach
Dwight McMillan ... Detailer
Marcia Meise ... Shirley
Scott Miles ... Dr. Murphy
Dawn Miller-Johnson ... Dr. Simmons
Drake Moschkau ... Scott's Kid
Estella Moschkau ... Scott's Kid
Steve Moschkau ... UPS Man
Roger Offerdahl ... Dad / Jack
Andrea Owens ... Receptionist #2
Jeffrey J. Parisi ... Dr. McBride

Doug Phillips ... Pharmacist
Eric Piepho ... Dr. Macky
Jody Reiss ... Dr. Saunders
David Relles ... Mike Allen (as David D. Relles)
Kathleen M. Ross ... Liz
Joan Rubens ... Betty

Mimi Sagadin ... Katie
Mike Schlageter ... Charles Bacon
Erik Schmudlack ... Big Irv (as Erik Schmudlach)
Scott J. Schultz ... Brent
Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau ... Dr. Parisi
Peter Verstegen ... Jason
Jeff Vilker ... Brad / Lips 1
Lynn Vilker ... Waitress / Lips 3 (as Lynn Ann Vilker)
Alex Weis ... Sales Rep / Lips 4
Patricia M. Weis ... Receptionist #1
Nancy Winter ... Dr. McBride
Mike Yaktus ... Dr. Swain
Catherine Young ... Cindi
William P. Zenobia ... 1st Suit (as William Zenobia)

Directed by
Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau  written by

Produced by
Katherine Heigl .... executive producer
Dan Kattman .... associate producer
Holly Mosher .... producer
David Shoshan .... executive producer
Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau .... producer
Original Music by
Ralph Bruner 
John Tanner 
Cinematography by
Carl F. Whitney 
Film Editing by
Dan Kattman 
Casting by
Dorian Dunas 
Jody Reiss 
Art Direction by
Jen Seibold 
Costume Design by
Kristina Christensen 
Makeup Department
Tracy Ballweg .... makeup artist
Katina Jonuzzi .... makeup artist
Jenn Schultz .... key makeup artist
Valerie Straavaldsen .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Holly Mosher .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Liza Hanson .... second assistant director
Nicholas Owen Langholff .... first assistant director
Peter J. Olsen .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Sara Christianson .... property master
Sound Department
Ralph Bruner .... sound mixer
Christopher Curran-Dorsano .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
David Ames .... gaffer
Sarah Justus .... still photographer
Angela Kattman .... still photographer
Mike Krebs .... electrician
Michael Nie .... key grip
Peter J. Olsen .... still photographer
Peter Olson .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tracy Yaktus .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
George Chavez .... color timer
Music Department
Kim Blackburn Bowen .... music legal services
Tom Curtis .... music supervisor
Other crew
Andrew Belongea .... intern
Shane Borger .... production assistant
Colin Brooker .... production assistant
Christopher J. Ewing .... production assistant (as Chris Ewing)
Keith Follett .... web site designer
Alexandria Hasler .... production assistant
Jessica Leigh Janke .... production coordinator
Dan Kattman .... legal department
Dwight F. McMillan .... location manager
Kaitlin Mitchell .... production assistant
Steve Moschkau .... script supervisor
Megan Mullins .... key production assistant
Michael Neelsen .... production assistant
Clinton Olsen .... intern
Jennifer Ostarello .... production assistant
Alex Ott .... production assistant
Andrea Owens .... intern
Brienne Schrieber .... intern
Philip J. Strina .... business & legal affairs: New Line Cinema
Renee Tasso .... production assistant
Nancy Winter .... travel assistant

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USA:90 min
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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 »
Crew or equipment visible: 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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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Selling the Soul to the Devil, 4 December 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Karly Hert (Katherine Heigl) 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 (Lucian McAfee), they fall in love with each other. Karly gives a schedule 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; and lives a conflictive situation.

When the anti-depressive Vivexx is approved by FDA, Karly finds that there are medical reports showing lever 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.

"Side Effects" is a low-budget movie about the American pharmaceutical industry that moves billions of dollars per year and occasionally hides side effects of some medicines using unethical doctors that are bribed to prescribe their medicines. Coincidently I saw "Love and Other Drugs" yesterday that has many similar situations.

The plot romantically and ethically speaking gives a good message about the corrupted system. However, it is hard to believe on the story of Karly Hert, a young woman that climbs socially selling her soul to the Devil, and seeks redemption reporting the truth about a new medicine on the day that she reaches the top of her career with dedication.

Both Karly and Zach have consciously worked in the pharmaceutical industry aware of how the system works, and Karly has paid her bills and Zach has raised his savings for his dreams using the industry. Therefore, she is totally disloyal with her employer and her last attitude is a total betrayal. Therefore she was also extremely unethical in her behavior exposing the inside information that she had the way she does. Does the end justify the means? My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Efeitos Colaterais" ("Side Effects")

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