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Side Effects (I) (2013)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  8 February 2013 (USA)
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A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prison Desk Guard
Upset Visitor
Emily's Boss
Martin's Mother
Haraldo Alvarez ...
Garage Attendant
Police Officer at Hospital
Jacqueline Antaramian ...
Desk Nurse
Conference Organizer


Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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This is your insanity on drugs. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 February 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Side Effects  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,303,145 (USA) (8 February 2013)


$32,154,410 (USA) (10 May 2013)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steven Soderbergh considered casting Lindsay Lohan for the role of Emily and he auditioned her three times. However, producers felt that her ongoing legal issues would disrupt the production process. Rooney Mara was eventually cast for the part. See more »


(at around 3 mins) The mic, cameraman and camera are reflected in a car window. See more »


[first lines]
Female Guard: Front door!
Prison Desk Guard: I can't let it in unless I see it.
Upset Visitor: I know. I know what the rules are. I'm just asking if you can make an exception.
Prison Desk Guard: There are no exceptions. That's why we have rules.
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References Side Effects May Include (2008) See more »


Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067 - Menuet & Rondeau
Performed by Alice Hamlet, Jessica Nelson, and Ann Marie Yoo
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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18 March 2013 | by (Bath, England) – See all my reviews

I usually love Steven Soderbergh films. And this one starts off with his usual brilliance and had me hooked for the first half of the film.

The first of the film is well-acted, well-crafted, smart and involving.

Then comes the crunch: without spoiling, the second half of the film is quite different. In a sense the "smart" of the film just becomes an exercise in how "clever" the plot can be at the expense of any emotional truth to the characters. I stopped caring for the ensemble as they started to feel like lifeless pawns following the whims of a "how clever am I?" plot-line. You'll enjoy it if you like a Sunday Afternoon TV Detective movie and like solving the puzzle, but this is not great theatre.

It is better than most films, but only just. Certainly one of Soderbergh's most disappointing. Rooney Mara makes it still watchable - an actress to keep following.

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