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Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a charming womaniser and good salesman. On
moving into the field of pharmaceuticals he encounters Maggie, an early
onset Parkinsons patient. They are initially motivated by strong sexual
attraction but, as they have more to do with each other, Jamie
discovers that he has deeper feelings for Maggie whereas she has made
it clear from the start that the idea was no-strings-attached sex. In
fact, it becomes clear that Maggie is pretty mixed up - full of anger
and self-pity at her Parkinsons prognosis, she avoids commitment
because she hates the very notion of being dependent on someone (and,
as her feelings for Jamie develop, she may well wish to avoid the
relationship changing to dependent and carer for his sake as much as
I liked this film quite a lot, even though it sometimes isn't too clear about exactly what it wants to be. There is an element of acid social commentary (Up In The Air, Thank You For Smoking) particularly early on, but the film is also a romantic comedy, a Hallmark-type disease-of-the-week drama, not to mention definitely dabbling its toes in a couple of other genres too. And the different elements actually fit fairly well together, with the exception of Jamie's fat comedy brother (Josh Gadd) who belongs in a different film, and who could have been written out completely at the loss of one decent gag (featured in the trailer) and an out-of-character philosophical aside which fuels Jamie's actions in the finale.
Gyllenhaal is good, albeit he doesn't have to strain any serious acting muscles. Hathaway is very good, and creates a complex and believable Maggie. Plus she looks very good without clothes on, which is the case for a satisfactory amount of running time.
George Segal and Jill Clayburgh are wasted, but Oliver Platt, Hanz Azaria and Judy Greer all please.
My only big reservation concerns the ending, which was a bit too Hollywood to convince, and glibly avoided addressing the issue raised earlier in the movie of what happens in 20 years' time?
Sometimes, all it takes to make a successful romantic comedy is having
two extremely likable and good-looking leads with sizzling chemistry.
And that's what saves Love & Other Drugs, an otherwise befuddled and
formulaic comedy with scattershot laughs.
Set some time before the launch of Viagra as a treatment for erectile dysfunction in 1998, it charts the rise of a pharmaceutical salesman, Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal), and his wavering relationship with a commitment-phobic 25-year-old Maggie (Anne Hathaway), who suffers from Stage 1 Parkinson's Disease.
Although Love & Other Drugs is worth a look for Hathaway's uninhibited performance, it is too unfocused for me to give a strong recommendation. Director Edward Zwick who cut his teeth in making mainstream epic actioners like Defiance and Blood Diamond can't seem to hold the movie together. It suffers from tonal inconsistencies and often feels like a few movies of different genres quashed into one; it flits unexpectedly from scatological comedy to poignant adult drama (that showcases a lot of skin) to mild satire.
With a mishmash of ideas and plot points that are never fully developed or wholly addressed, the whole experience becomes rather unsatisfying and unmemorable. The movie works best during intimate moments when Hathaway and Gyllenhaal huddle together in the bedroom or talk over the coffee table. It is largely due to their easy on-screen chemistry, which makes it easier to overlook the largely flimsy script that is only sporadically peppered with witty one-liners.
All thanks to the gamely leads, the things you're likely to remember about the movie are Hathaway's perky breasts and Gyllenhaal's butt, amidst their frequent scenes of humping. Going against their squeaky clean images, Hathaway and Gyllenhaal bare a lot physically and emotionally. But between the two, Hathaway gives the stronger performance as she has the juicier role of a conflicted patient and has to straddle fiery obstinacy and emotional volatility. Jamie's transition from an egotistical bed-hopping Casanova to a selfless boyfriend isn't fully mapped out. But Gyllenhaal does the best he can with his puppy-dog eyes.
For those who love puerile humour, Jamie's brother, Josh, provides lots of gross-out dialogue. There is one nasty scene that involves him masturbating over an unexpected video. Enough said.
When the ending tries to be emotionally poignant, I can't help but feel I've seen it all before. The goosebumps on my skin rose at the too-good- to-be-true confessional dialogue. But at the same time, my sentimental side started to get the better of me and my eyes welled up. There, I've caved in.
A very pleasant surprise, and one of the better romantic/relationship
films over the last 20+ years. Not a typical fluffy Hollywood romantic
film (it's actually more drama with many light elements). Quite adult
in it's subject matter and execution, though not to the degree of
"serious" European and Asian films - still a Hollywood movie after all.
There's some unnecessary nudity (for anyone concerned, and not for young kids), well acted all round (especially the leads and Josh Gad), with believable chemistry between the leads.
So, a good date movie: Not for an early/burgeoning relationship, but for those who've been going for a while.
I enjoyed the movie Love and other drugs. Anne Hathaway as Maggie Murdock did a wonderful job. Maggie is in her 20s and has Parkinson's disease. She lives on her own and manages to keep a brave and happy front. She tries to cope with her resting tremors secretively and also has moments of acute sadness about her disease condition. Jake Gyllenhall as Jamie Randall, also in his late 20s, is a fun loving guy. He loves fun and is smart. He becomes a pharmaceutical drug rep and because of his charming personality does well. He sells Zoloft and then Viagra. He meets Maggie while posing as an intern in her PCP's office. She had gone for her meds refill and of course to make sure hyperpigmented area on her left breast was not a significant medical problem. Jamie enjoys quick flashing of her breast and then on there is pure joy of having sex. Jamie and Maggie are great and have excellent scenes of nudity without making sex look cheap and vulgar. Even the scene when an older gentleman warns Jamie of having a bleak future of diapers with Parkinson's's afflicted wife sound sincere and real. The whole movie is done very well. Director Edward Zwick did a good job. There is great fun loving chemistry between Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhall. Thanks, Pfizer, that couple does not need Viagra. They deserve to be Oscar nominees.
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People who are narrow-minded or immature would say that this movie is about nothing but sex, but for those who are mature they would understand the beauty in this movie. This movie is very realistic, because it's not the typical romantic comedy where the guy gets the girl and they live happily ever after. It's about the struggle of being able to fall for someone completely without being broken after wards. It's realistic because they start off hating each other, and then they are friends with benefits, and then they happen to fall in love unexpectedly. But they don't just say "I love you" and kiss and all those clichés. When he realizes he's in love with her, he has a panic attack, and I believe that that is a more realistic way of realizing you're in love with someone. Sure, there might be a lot of sex, but the message of the movie is being able to love someone for everything they are and seeing past all their flaws, ad that's a beautiful thing. I respect Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway so much for being apart of this film, and they played their roles so well. I give props to Anne Hathaway because she had to act like she had Parkinson's disease and she did it flawlessly. Really inspiring, beautiful movie.
Love & Other Drugs is a fantastic movie. It is funny, romantic, and
real. I'm surprised that it didn't rate higher, but I suppose I don't
watch romantic comedies very often. In that, I guess I haven't been
desensitized to the various elements of such movies.
For me, it served as a reminder that some people walk into your life and change you forever. It is those subtle, self reflective reminders that bring out the best aspects of human behavior ... humor and compassion. When a movie can tug deeply at your emotions and perhaps even move you to reflect about your own life, it gets at the true power of film.
If you are the type of person that can immerse yourself in a movie and melt away from your surroundings, this is a movie that can take you away. It can lead you into a world where you can feel the difficulties of complicated love and the immense hurdles that life can present. All the while, it breaks up the emotional intensity with precisely timed moments of great laughter.
Simply an excellent movie!!!
But are really the second generation Americans in the pharmaceutical sales like haU the characters are portrayed?The romance between the hero and heroine is good,the locations and songs also.It's a different film and has it's good moments of comic relief.The actors accents certainly don't saUnd English.It would have been more natural and realistic had it been so.WaI do the Bollywood filmmakers do this?Clayburgh's costumes were good and her character is too intense.And the lyrics of the songs are good.Gyllenhaal has done justice to his role and George Segal in a small cameo appearance looks like a geek.The family laIf portrayed is really warm.From,Diwali.
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Not my favorite movie. I didn't have a very original plot except for the medication thing... but other then that it kinda seemed like sweet November... and I'm sorry but Anne Hathaway's snotty attitude in the movie was really annoying it wasn't my favorite for either actor or actress. I think the movie could have been a lot more original. I think that maybe it should have been a different actress for the part. Also i think that maybe there shouldn't be so many sex scenes. It seemed like the first half of the movie it was just Anne Hathaway naked the whole time. I really did not like this movie. I hope they don't put these two characters together again
To call this 2010 romantic dramedy uneven would be a severe
understatement. It suffers from downright ADD as it moves from a
snapshot of manic arrested development to pharmaceutical satire to
near-porn to romantic comedy to medical melodrama. That the film was
directed by Edward Zwick ("Glory") suddenly makes sense when you think
about how he and fellow producer Marshall Hersokowitz created a
similarly toned TV series, "thirtysomething", back in the late
eighties. Both of them also co-wrote the screenplay along with Charles
Randolph based on James Reidy's 2005 book, "Hard Sell" The Evolution of
a Viagra Salesman". However, what works over several TV seasons doesn't
work as well within a 112-minute running time. Fortunately, Zwick chose
two attractive leads, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, to star in
this basically schizophrenic movie, and both perform admirably under
Beginning in 1996, the plot revolves around Jamie Randall, a young medical school drop-out just fired from a sales job at an electronics store. A typical commitment-phobe, he manages to land a job through his younger brother Josh, an obnoxiously wealthy dot-commer, as a pharmaceutical rep for Pfizer selling Zoloft and eventually Viagra. While accompanying an influential doctor on his rounds, Jamie meets Maggie Murdock, a pretty free spirit with early onset Parkinson's disease. They waste little time in having sex, an arrangement that suits both their situations and libidos. However, it's inevitable that one wants more out of the relationship, and Jamie convinces Maggie to take it to the next level. At a Parkinson's convention in Chicago, they come away with a more palpable sense of what the long-term effects of the disease will be on Maggie. This naturally tests their relationship as they face the prospect of her condition worsening.
More at home than as "The Prince of Persia" in the sixth century B.C., Gyllenhaal takes on a George Clooney-type role in Jamie with convincing self-assurance. Perhaps because "The Princess Dairies" will never entirely leave her screen persona (note her recent Oscar gig as evidence of her cheerleading tendencies), Hathaway does surprisingly well portraying a sexual hedonist keeping a deliberate emotional distance from everybody. The two banter sharply and handle their characters' sexual combustion with élan. When the film threatens to move into "Sweet November"-type melodrama, the actors avert the heart-tugging predictability with their emotional alertness. As the chubby younger brother, Josh Gad is as irritating as an evasive fly in an unessential role designed to provide intermittent comic relief but failing miserably in what amounts to a Jonah Hill impersonation.
The other actors are fine but make mostly truncated appearances - Oliver Platt as a blustery Pfizer salesman, Hank Azaria as the seasoned go-between doctor, Gabriel Macht as a competing rep with anger management issues, George Segal and the late Jill Clayburgh as Jamie's concerned parents in an early and all-too-brief dining table scene. It's also worth noting that Steven Fierberg's sharp cinematography captures the various Midwest locations really well, and Steven Rosenblum's action-movie-style editing captures the manic energy Zwick appears to have wanted during the film's first half. The 2011 DVD/Blu-Ray offers relatively few extras - about seven minutes of deleted scenes, the original theatrical trailer, and four quick featurettes ("Love & Other Drugs": An Actor's Discussion", "Beautifully Complex: Anne Hathaway is Maggie", "Reformed Womanizer: Jake Gyllenhaal is Jamie", and "Selling Love & Other Drugs" which features Reidy. Surprisingly, there is no education piece about Parkinson's disease, a missed opportunity.
Dinner is on me guys but i bet that does not it.i was awaiting a hole
lots of chemistry between the couple related to their gist of recent
highly excellent roles.well Edward Zwick is some commonplace sort of
director with not much of haversack of masterpieces on the way of his
career.assuming Last Samurai and The Glory or what the hell the rest of
that crap is,the whole bax of wax is surely clear.
Jake Gyllenhaal's 2010 was such absurd year of his career.with that ass cream movie Prince Of Persia(eat my short(Bart Simpson)) suck of film and now the drug/sex/drama/comedy complex.i suppose the Jew lode of him does not work anymore or it is working alright.
Love and Other Drugs (2010) is one laudable movie.an open minded hall of speculation and proportion.but in some parts of it it is going further than limits.but rolling up the limitation does not always creates some phenomenon.but i believe the movie has tried its concluding boundary and the result is not much condign.
when the story is about two strangers meeting each other and falling n love,it brings lots of cliché and manifests of such genre within itself.while the rating is R and the nudity and drug utilize in it,you have uch ordinary movie with a whole wasted potential.i hate to be wet blanket in which i ain't.but it happens for sometimes and it took place for the movie...
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