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Love and Other Drugs

A romantic comedy staring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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The High Isn't Worth the Comedown

  • Nov 27, 2010
Written by Charles Randolph, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz
Directed by Edward Zwick
Starring Jack Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway and Oliver Platt
Jamie Randall: You’re my little blue pill.
Ordinarily, I would say that any film that starts with The Spin Doctors’ “Two Princes” is destined to be a disaster.  LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS takes place is 1996 though so I guess I can be reasonable.  The catchy ditty that consumed the airwaves that year is blasting in a high-end stereo store, where Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) is using his charms to make the sales and get the ladies while he’s at it.  He hasn’t a care in the world until he meets a girl (Anne Hathaway) who has no choice but to take life seriously.  The twosome are charming together and so disaster is averted but sadly, only so far as to achieve disappointment.
Director Edward Zwick (DEFIANCE) often makes socially conscious films and LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS is no different (although arguably much less serious than say, BLOOD DIAMOND, as far as issues go).  Jamie is a pharmaceutical representative for Pfizer at just the right time to cash in on the Viagra explosion.  This allows Zwick to explore supposedly scandalous themes like the evils of the drug companies and how they’re ruining our immune systems while getting disgustingly rich.  Zwick is never really interested in the matter at hand though.  He just uses hot topic scenarios as backdrops for the real story - in this case, the reluctant love between Jamie and Hathaway’s Maggie Murdoch.  To make matters worse, and of course much more poignant, Maggie has early on-set Parkinson’s.  And so the real question is how life can be so terribly unfair as to give these two people a transformative love that will only get harder and harder to hold.
My answer to that is pretty simple.  That’s life, folks.  For all of Zwick’s fascination with serious subjects, he rarely seems to comprehend the actual impact of these hardships on the people involved.  Maggie pushes people away because she doesn’t think its fair for anyone to have to deal with her condition.  Meanwhile, Jamie is frustrated that he can’t fix her with a pill like everything else and has to accept that love is hard.  While these are real struggles, the tone is kept pretty light while both of them accept that love is a drug all unto itself.  Fortunately for LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS, Gyllenhaal and Hathaway get along brilliantly.  They are playful and sharp, like lovers should be, and thanks to Zwick’s somewhat voyeuristic gaze, they are hot and naked a whole heck of a lot too.  They are certainly the only addictive element to the film though and when the buzz wears off, there is no withdrawal at all.

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February 05, 2011
Excellent review! I think I liked this film more than you did but I thought it was an excellent romantic dramedy probably one of the best to come out in a long while seeing as all the poorly made, dull retreads that they have been releasing these last few years.
February 06, 2011
Thank you. Yes, I would say you definitely enjoyed this more than I did. I thought the chemistry between the two leads was at times quite lovely but that the film itself fell flat.
November 29, 2010
Boo, I kind of wanted to see this one after the commercials and because I love that duo. Oh well. Thanks for saving me some time! :)
December 11, 2010
Yeah, the trailers made me think it would be a good romantic time but it is mostly pretty aimless unfortunately. The leads are good together though. And hot.
November 28, 2010
Yep, sounds like you agree with @zstoner66's review of this movie and I'll just wait to add it to my Netflix queue. Thanks for saving me some dough, great review :)
December 11, 2010
Thanks ... this is not must see by any means.
December 11, 2010
Yeah, a definite Netflix add ;p Thanks again!
More Love & Other Drugs reviews
review by . May 03, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Ms Hathaway needs 100 cc's of love and cut down on your one night stands
Not long ago when I talked about "The Proposal" I said that if I could find a "rom com" that took a few more chances and had a few more surprises I could like it a little more.  Love and Other Drugs wins that nomination for toning down it's fluff and throwing in a curve ball or two.  It may not be as funny as it's contemporaries but makes up for it in story.      Jake Gyllenhaal is Jamie a smart ladies man who is lacking direction in his …
review by . March 18, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Life goes on... with or without Viagra!
It turns out that I like this movie quite a great deal. Quite uncharacteristically. It's not that it's a comedy, drama or even melodrama. It turns out to be quite a realistic and touching movie. It's a movie where you don't expect any good out of it from the beginning. Afterall, if people indulged in sex as much as these two characters did and live life as they did, ie steering out of serious relationship and love, what can anyone expect out of them?         …
review by . November 23, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Sometimes life can feel a little unbalanced as you try and find just that, balance. Through the harder times that you may face people will look for ways to avoid thinking of the turmoil you may face using laughter and maybe if you’re lucky the comfort of another person if only for a little while. There are a lot of people out there who will critique this movie for being unbalanced. Considering the material, I think that is exactly why I liked Love and Other Drugs.      …
review by . February 13, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
4 stars: Keeping it simple is not as easy as it seems
I have an old saying when it comes to love, Love can be like a roller coaster it has its ups and it is down its twist and its turns its upside downs and its loop-de-loops. Nothing is ever simple or easy when it comes to love it is an on going battle that you have to fight to stay in everyday even when you are not fighting it feels like you are. You feel like you are trapped in a corner and there is a wild lion creeping in on you about to devour every fiber of your being. That is what …
Quick Tip by . August 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
There's a general problem I have with Hollywood's so-called "romantic comedies". They tend to try to hard to make audiences laugh by being juvenile and predictably raunchy thus failing to be truly comedic. Then they seem to confuse lust with love and figure that in order for two people to be romantic on screen they have to be physically attractive and preferably white and upper middle class. Where the problem sets in is that white upper middle class people are boring and they are …
review by . February 03, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
   I might be the only serious guy around here who actually enjoyed this flick. Love and Other Drugs directed by Edward Zwick, the guy behind movies like Blood Diamond, captured my attention mainly because of the chosen actors for the leading roles and in an ultimate desperate moment, because of the great reaction from the critics concerning the actual portrayals of the two leading actors.      Of course this movie it's a love story, not like Love Story though but …
review by . May 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
15 - 112mins - Comedy/Drama/Romance - 29th December 2010 In general I fit the stereotypical male movie goer- guns = good, action = good, comedy = good, romance = good...as long as it combines a lot of guns and action and so it was with a bit of trepidation that I approached Love And Other Drugs which I had down as a bit of a romcom. This especially looks the case if you view the short trailer I left at the end on my previous article. The movie is about Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is a bit an all …
Quick Tip by . April 20, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Calling “Love and Other Drugs” a romantic comedy or a “chick flick” wouldn’t be accurate at all. It is funny with some doses of twisted humor and it is a story about love and how it sneaks up on us at times. However, it would be safe to say that the film is a guy’s “chick flick“. It is set in the time before and during the popularity of Viagra; it is a story about a womanizing guy and a young woman stricken with Parkinson’s disease in its first …
Quick Tip by . May 02, 2011
Smooth ladies man pharmacy rep falls for a cynical Parkinson's patient on his road to greatness. Genuine moments of warmth and skips the regular Rom Com route for something a little different.
Quick Tip by . May 03, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I was surprised at how much I like this movie at the end of it. It's not made in heaven love story nor is it one that makes the audience feels good about themselves. Yet, it is one with lots of layering to love and one that is realistic and yet hopeful enough for viewers to go home with lots to think about! Not many movies offer such an even combination of reality, humor, hope and love!
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Love & Other Drugs is acomedy-drama film directed by Edward Zwick, based on the non-fiction title Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman written by Jamie Reidy. This film is to be Zwick's second comedy-drama, the first being About Last Night.... It stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.

A salesman competes in the cutthroat world of pharmaceuticals to hawk a male performance enhancement drug. Gyllenhaal's character will play the Pfizer-pusher who meets Anne Hathaway's character during one of his sales calls.
Principal photography for the film began in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  region on September 21, 2009. The city was chosen for its atmosphere, rich medical history, the state's tax incentive program for film productions, and the area's experienced crews. McCandless, Squirrel Hill, Fox Chapel, Sewickley, Aliquippa, and Brownsville have been used as locations for the film, as well as Mellon Arena, Jane Street in the South Side between 17th and 18th streets, the Omni William Penn Hotel, The Capital Grille, and Station Square. Pittsburgh doubled as Chicago for some scenes. A section of the Mon-Fayette Expressway (Pennsylvania Route 43) in Washington County  was used for scenes on November 15–16, delaying traffic. A helicopter was used for filming and 40 to 50 vehicles were brought in for the shoot. Trailers and tents were set up on the campus of Ringgold High School while filming took place on the Expressway. ...
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Director: Edward Zwick
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Release Date: November 24, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Runtime: 112 minutes
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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