In 1990s Pittsburgh, a medicine peddler starts a relationship with a young woman suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Director:

Edward Zwick

Writers:

Charles Randolph (screenplay), Edward Zwick (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Jamie Randall
Anne Hathaway ... Maggie Murdock
Oliver Platt ... Bruce Winston
Hank Azaria ... Dr. Stan Knight
Josh Gad ... Josh Randall
Gabriel Macht ... Trey Hannigan
Judy Greer ... Cindy
George Segal ... Dr. James Randall
Jill Clayburgh ... Nancy Randall
Kate Jennings Grant ... Gina
Katheryn Winnick ... 'Lisa'
Kimberly Scott ... Gail
Peter Friedman ... California Man
Nikki Deloach ... Christy
Natalie Gold ... Dr. Helen Randall
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Storyline

Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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Taglines:

Accros aux nuits sans lendemain ou dépendants l'un de l'autre? (Addicted to one-night stands or dependent on one another?) (French)

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Lawyers for both principals prepared documents about how much nudity the film would show. In the end, though, Edward Zwick simply pledged that there would be nothing in the film with which they were not comfortable. See more »

Goofs

When Jamie is leaving Maggie's apartment the buttons on his white shirt alternate from half-buttoned to fully-buttoned each time we see him. See more »

Quotes

Jamie Randall: Hey, Lisa.
Bruce Winston: Her name's not Lisa.
Jamie Randall: I know. I know. But, if everytime I say "Hey, Lisa", then eventually she'll come up to me and she'll be like, you know, "My name's not Lisa it's... Jennifer"... whatever, and I'll do a big apology and I'll say, "I thought you were the Lisa who was mad at me for not calling". And, from then on Jennifer, or whatever her name is, will think that I dated a girl who looked just like her... who I rejected. She'll develop this unconscious need to win my approval and from ...
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Rude Boys Outta Jail
Written by Neville Staple (as Neville Staples), Horace Panter (as Stephen Panter) & Lynval Golding
Performed by The Specials
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records Ltd.
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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More complex than the trailer suggested, more enjoyable than the poster suggested
1 January 2011 | by pedrothefishSee all my reviews

This film surprised me in a good way.

From the trailer and the posters to be found in many of the bus shelters of our town it would have been fair to have expected a routine rom-com. The pose struck by the leads Jake Gylenhall & Anne Hathaway on that poster just screamed "knock about rom-com,just like hundreds of others" It isn't though and that was a pleasant and engaging surprise.

Jake Gylenhall pulls off the role of super bright but super slacker son Jamie in a high achieving family well and is convincing as a magnetising presence that women find irresistible.

The absence of Anne Hathaway's character Maggie in the first segment of the film is the first suggestion that this will not be a routine paint by numbers romance and Maggie's introduction sets the scene for the complex character she successfully portrays.

This film covers a lot of ground and both of the leads are engaging and believable.

Issues such as serious illness, the workings of the big pharmaceutical companies and their attempts to influence the decision making of medical professionals, the struggle people have to pay for treatment and a believably complex love story are woven in without significant signposting or obvious plot twists.

Once again, the two lead actors were excellent and overall this made for an enjoyable and engaging film


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Sell See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,739,161, 28 November 2010

Gross USA:

$32,367,005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,820,008
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Color:

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1.85 : 1
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