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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy Adell Sandy Adell ... Dr. Jones
David M. Ames David M. Ames ... Dr. Jakobs (as David Ames)
John Apple John Apple ... Plant Manager (as John L. Apple)
Ron Baumgartner Ron Baumgartner ... Business Man @ Plant
Collin Spencer Collin Spencer ... T. Bates (as Collin Bernhardt Spencer)
Bill Bolz Bill Bolz ... Scary Man (as William Bolz)
Stacy Brickson Stacy Brickson ... Dr. Collins
Nathan Caracter Nathan Caracter ... Recruiter
Tom Christianson Tom Christianson ... Dr. Michaels (as Tom Christensen)
Nathan Connor Nathan Connor ... Scott
Janet Cresson Janet Cresson ... Debbie
Tom Curtis Tom Curtis ... Dr. Allen
Dorian DeMichele ... Jacqueline
David Durbin David Durbin ... Dan (as Dave Durbin)
Lee Ernst Lee Ernst ... Jack Klug


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 »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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During her strip dance scene in the bedroom, Katherine Heigl accidentally revealed a side boob and nipple which was more than she intended, but producers kept it in the scene. 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 »


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Written by Andrew Isham
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Not bad but not great
21 June 2007 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

"Side Effects" has a great story but unfortunately it has its problems that some people won't be able to get past. It stars Katherine Heigl as a young woman working for a pharmaceutical sales company, trying to figure out her professional life and love life. Although its not an original idea, they told the main story very well as they focused on the pharmaceutical sales industry and the moral dilemmas that come with the job.

Trying to run alongside the main story we had a few sub-plots, but these were really poorly done. These side story lines had no end, or if they did, they had no beginning. They really detracted from the film. Adding to this problem were technical issues with poor editing and sound.

I say you should see it if you are looking for a great story. But if you are going to get frustrated by some poorly written scenes and sloppy editing and sound, then skip it.

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Release Date:

9 September 2005 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Madison, Wisconsin, USA


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,216, 11 September 2005

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1.78 : 1
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