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Love and Other Drugs

A romantic comedy staring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Life goes on... with or without Viagra!

  • Mar 18, 2011
Rating:
+5
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?



Strange as it might sometimes in life, one can and do find love when least expected. The film reflected this quite naturally and against all odds. It doesn't hurt that both the main characters are watchable. And it doesn't hurt that the movie began the way Hollywood loves to. Yet, amidst all that fun and comedy, the serious side of the story began way before the audience even expected it. The circumstances the two character met, the way the story evolved, the freedom of choices each of them have, well... ultimately, the heart does decide what one wants to give up and what ones want to hold onto. That I do believe is the saving grace of this movie and the beauty of how the characters evolved.

Everyone has a choice. Even after knowing that one has found love. Yet, is that love enough to sustain a relationship that is going to cause hardship and endurance? Is a person willing to be saddled with problems that are going to last as long as a lifetime? Making decision about giving up love or living an easy life is not as easy as it seems. It is this struggle with reality and with each individual's choices that I found highly interesting in this movie. It is the saving grace of the story and also of humanity.



When many of the movies had been love is not enough to make a relationship work, in this one, the twist is that it is not love that carry through. It is the realization that one needs the other and the decision to stick it out that makes it worth trying again and again. So, with that, I came to the conclusion that I'm still a romantic at heart. Just like the two characters who thought themselves cynical, deep down, they are not!

This film reminded me of what Michael J. Fox is going through with his family. Although he's inflicted with Parkinson's Disease, as with the female lead in this movie, life goes on... and they live to the best of their abilities, that includes loving to the fullest and not giving up!

Some hilarious moments, some sexy moments, some serious moments and some touching moments... a great mix of life and entertainment on the plane!
Life goes on... with or without Viagra! Life goes on... with or without Viagra!

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March 23, 2011
Great review.
 
March 19, 2011
This is in my rental queve. I am very interested in this one!!
 
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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 . 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 . November 27, 2010
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LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS   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 …
review by . February 13, 2011
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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