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Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 14 March 2014 (USA)
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A strait-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Rockwell ... Doug Varney
Olivia Wilde ... Elizabeth Roberts
Michelle Monaghan ... Kara Varney
Jane Fonda ... Pharmacy Customer
Ray Liotta ... Jack Roberts
Norbert Leo Butz ... Agent Andrew Carp
Ben Schwartz ... Noah
Ken Howard ... Walter Bishop
Jenn Harris ... Janet
Harrison Holzer ... Ethan Varney
Peter Jacobson ... Dr. Roth
Sonnie Brown ... Principal Song-Carmichael
Ron Heneghan Ron Heneghan ... Officer Willits
Ken Arnold ... Ed
Tracy McMullan ... Bree Bishop
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A strait-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder. Written by Occupant Films

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Happiness has no formula.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Trivia

Olivia Wilde (Elizabeth Roberts) and Peter Jacobson (Dr. Roth) stared un House M.D (2008) as Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley and Dr. Chris Taub. See more »

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[first lines]
Jane Fonda: [narrating] Ya can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.19 (2014) See more »

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Twilight Serenade by Moonlight
Written by Jeff Meegan and Gaye Tolan Hatfield
Performed by Donna Byrne
Courtesy of Heavy Hitters Music Group
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Nothing Special, But Still Fun
21 January 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A strait-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.

This film comes across as your standard indie comedy with a solid cast. Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Ray Liotta, to name a few. Maybe not quite A-list, but all well-established actors in their own right with plenty of talent. Through in a cameo by Ben Schwartz, who is definitely moving up in the world, and you have a strong ensemble.

The film is good, too, with plenty of subtle humor, of a dark nature, and just enough quirkiness to appease the target audience. Maybe not quite funny enough to recommend, but worth the time it takes to watch.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Better Living Through Chemistry See more »

Filming Locations:

Annapolis, Maryland, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,435, 16 March 2014

Gross USA:

$75,143

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,823
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2.35 : 1
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