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Side Effects (2013)

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A young woman's world unravels when a drug prescribed by her psychiatrist has unexpected side effects.

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Steven Soderbergh

Writer:

Scott Z. Burns
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rooney Mara ... Emily Taylor
Carmen Pelaez ... Prison Desk Guard
Marin Ireland ... Upset Visitor
Channing Tatum ... Martin Taylor
Polly Draper ... Emily's Boss
Ann Dowd ... Martin's Mother
Haraldo Alvarez Haraldo Alvarez ... Garage Attendant
Jude Law ... Dr. Jonathan Banks
James Martinez ... Police Officer at Hospital
Vladimir Versailles ... Augustin
Jacqueline Antaramian ... Desk Nurse
Michelle Vergara Moore ... Joan
Catherine Zeta-Jones ... Dr. Victoria Siebert
Katie Lowes ... Conference Organizer
David Costabile ... Carl
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Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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This is your insanity on drugs. See more »


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Rated R for sexuality, nudity, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Blake Lively was originally cast in the lead role but the production company that was funding the movie dropped out after learning of her casting only to return after Rooney Mara took over the role from Lively. See more »

Goofs

The opening scene shows the murder scene, following Emily's bloody footprints from the kitchen to the bedroom. Later in the film, when the stabbing is depicted, Emily walks toward the bed leaving no footprints, and the camera shows a clear shot of her feet which have no blood on them. See more »

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[first lines]
Female Guard: Front door!
Prison Desk Guard: I can't let it in unless I see it.
Upset Visitor: I know. I know what the rules are. I'm just asking if you can make an exception.
Prison Desk Guard: There are no exceptions. That's why we have rules.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.81 (2013) See more »

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The Forgotten People
Performed by Thievery Corporation
Written by Rob Garza (as Robert Garza) and Eric Hilton
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"Did You Try to Hurt Yourself?"
10 February 2013 | by the_grand_lebowskiSee all my reviews

In our pharmaceutically inclined society, side effects are ever-present hazards of prescription drug usage. Whether they are minimized in print, or spoken in a hushed tone at the close of television commercials, side effects have become a shady companion of prescription drugs. Side Effects, Steven Soderbergh's alleged final film, focuses on the consequences visited upon a young couple after the side effects from the wife's medication cause her to commit an alarming act. As the chasm opens beneath this young woman, her psychiatrist struggles with his responsibility for her predicament, and confront his lingering suspicion about his patient's state of mind.

Ever the auteur, Soderbergh remains delightfully unpredictable with this latest feature. Side Effects initially presents itself as an indictment of the pharmaceutical industry, wearing its heavy-handed message on its sleeve, but promptly converts into a psychological suspense thriller. Soderbergh stares you directly in the eyes while he rips the rug from beneath your feet, sending you spiraling toward a conclusion that is equally unexpected and pleasing. Soderbergh and screenwriter Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum) channel Hitchcock, creating an in-depth narrative that remains unpredictable until its final scene.

Soderbergh is known for generating a positive film environment for his cast, and maximizing the actors' potential in his films. Although the cast for Side Effects is comprised of actors who have previously provided impressive performances, each actor presents a character that rivals any prior roles. Rooney Mara plays the young woman at the epicenter of the conflict. Mara is extremely engrossing, creating an aura of discontent and depression within her situation. She acts as the film's catalyst, holding all the characters together while prompting them toward their conclusions. Attractive, graceful, and erratic, Mara is the wounded girl who isn't all that she seems.

While the film's driving force is Mara, Jude Law is its principle focus. As Mara's overwhelmed psychiatrist, Law provides his most empathetic role to date. Law establishes a flawed character who struggles with the consequences forced upon him, and transforms into a protagonist worthy of our admiration. Law and Mara provide such intriguing characterizations, Soderbergh seems to have difficulty deciding which to devote more time to. The scenes they share are the most arresting in this film.

There are few things more satisfying than a film which receives little attention, but creates an unexpectedly entertaining experience. Though Soderbergh has billed Side Effects as his swan song, he confirms that he is a cinematic mastermind in a film that would be an impressive conclusion to an eccentric career. Indulge in this unconventional thriller; you won't mind the side effects.

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Release Date:

8 February 2013 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,303,145, 10 February 2013

Gross USA:

$32,172,757

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,414,135
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