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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.





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 Sonnie Brown ... Principal Song-Carmichael
Ron Heneghan Ron Heneghan ... Officer Willits
Ken Arnold ... Ed
Tracy McMullan ... Bree Bishop


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.


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

14 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blonde sur ordonnance See more »

Filming Locations:

Annapolis, Maryland, USA See more »


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,337, 21 March 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$72,273, 23 March 2014
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jeremy Renner was originally cast in the lead role but due to his busy schedule, he had to drop out and was replaced by Sam Rockwell. See more »


[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 »


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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If Breaking Bad was a Comedy, You'd Get This
17 June 2014 | by schemeofschemesSee all my reviews

This was a decent movie, kind of what you would expect if you could mate Friends with Breaking Bad but with a lot more sex. Throw in a really hot chick to make the sex scenes all that much more interesting to watch and you can almost forgive the cookie cutter script.

Hey his wife is a bitch, gosh why doesn't he get out of that relationship. Ah, he's a bit too wimpy to do anything about his life, i'm betting that will change if a hot girl could walk into his life ... oh here comes one now.

Look at that, she's a perfect 10 and wants to bang a solid 3, must be some ulterior motive for that I bet ... say why hasn't a perfect 10 walked into my life yet and use sex to exploit me?

Did I mention she's hot to look at?

It always helps to have a hot girl to look at when you've written a plot that's guessable by my 8 year old.

So what made the movie watchable? I mean, other than her. Well, the acting was quite good, it moved along at a nice pace, it had car sex ... twice! ... and the girl was hot. Darn it, have I mentioned that one time too many yet?

Oh and Ray Liotta is a nice guy for once, but he looks old. Every actor has a movie where you notice how old he's suddenly gotten, this is 'that' movie for Ray.

Across the street from me here in Bangkok, there's a 711 and beside that a little tiny pharmacy with old jars and glasses behind the rusty old table that serves as a counter. The 80 year old 'pharmacist' takes the cork out of one of those jars and spills 100 Xanax on the glass counter asking how many I need. She drops them into a soup bag, wraps it with an elastic band and hands it over for 100 Baht looking at me with a crooked smile and a twinkle in her eye.

I wonder if she sees me as a hot male version of Michelle Monaghan? Good god, does that mean I have to do it with her in a Tuk-Tuk , twice?

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