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love and other drugs

Love and Other Drugs

Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt
Screenplay by Charles Randolph, Edward Zwick
Based on Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy
Directed by Edward Zwick

IN SHORT: He's got the Love. She's got the Drugs. Not what you think . . . [Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, and some drug material. 110 minutes]

Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) is from a medical family, though he passed on med school. Younger brother Josh (Josh Gad) - the fat slob - made millions in some kind of IPO while Jamie is busy getting busy in the back of the electronics store where he works. When the boss catches Jamie in the act, so much for that job. So into the new world of pharmaceutical sales, and a job at Pfizer, maker of the Zoloft antidepressant (and sworn enemy of Prozac). He is sent from his Chicago home out into "the field."

Bruce Winston (Oliver Platt) is Jamie's field supervisor for the assigned territory in Ohio, Jamie does his best to learn the ropes, sway the doctors and make sales. Unfortunately the competition has got nearly all the docs in his pocket. so Jamie does the next best thing, slipping Dr. Stan Knight (Hank Azaria) a thousand bucks to "observe" his practices so Jamie can become more attuned to said docs "needs". In the course of that observation, in comes Maggie Murdoch (Anne Hathaway) the very rare twentysomething suffering from Parkinson's Disease.

Before you know it, Jamie and Maggie are making like bunny rabbits. Very enthusiastic bunny rabbits.Which pissess off Maggie's ex, the very successful and very married Trey Hannigan (Gabriel Macht), the pharm rep for Prozac. Still, both maintain that they don't want a relationship; just the no-commitments happy bunny romps. Of course, you know what happens. It is a relationship. She does decline. He makes oodles of money peddling his company's new pill -- Viagra -- and spends it all searching out cures . . . and so on. Things change radically . . . or not . . . by the time the film ends. But we won't give that away.

Folks, there is a reason that this flick is rated R. There is enough nudity in it (alone) that underage teens will be doing their best to sneak in (and, boy, are they in for a surprise). Some yutz in our screening brought a babbling three year old in. Please do not inflict that on your audience.

Love and Other Drugs is a disposable dateflick for us grownups, end of story. It is way underdeveloped in terms of Jamie's family relationships -- while younger brother Josh (Josh Gad) is well used for comic effect as a Jonah Hill stand-in, there isn't a lot of background to properly support the story to come. A huge waste of the talented George Segal and [Jill Clayburgh as mom and pop.

On average, a first run movie ticket will run you Ten Bucks. Were Cranky able to set his own price to Love and Other Drugs, he would have paid . . .


Calling the film "disposable" is being kind but it is an adequate way to start off a long date . . . you can pick it apart or rave all about it if you have dinner afterwards. Anything else is up to you <g>

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