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Side Effects (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

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

a satirical look at the pharmaceutical industry See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Efeitos Colaterais See more »

Filming Locations:

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mo Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

EVERY LITTLE THING
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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Awful just doesn't seem strong enough.
6 January 2007 | by MoatesGarageSee all my reviews

Okay, the point of the movie was made, but poorly played. Basically the movie is attempting to expose the pharmaceutical industry and all these new drugs that are constantly forced on us through celebrity endorsements and TV commercials. It's true, we spend way too much money on drugs and the industries force stuff on us. The movie gets to that point, but I think they used Katherine Heigl as a selling point and clearly the director wanted to know what she looked like without any clothes on. There are several scenes of her in her underwear, or furiously taking off her clothes. We as the viewers get screwed out of what could be the only redeeming quality of this film because we never get to see Heigl topless. Truthfully, that would have made the movie worth a rental. The movie looked like it was filmed on a home video camera, and sometimes the sound is so awful you have to wonder if it was. I get what they were trying to do, and to some point I can respect that but it could have been done better. I think the acting in my high school play was better, and that is saying a lot considering the talent pool we had. If you're curious, watch it. It's not like it's as bad as Miami Vice. Well, it's close but it's definitely not one you want to own.


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