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Love and Other Drugs

A romantic comedy staring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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Reviewed: Love And Other Drugs [2010]

  • May 6, 2011
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 round confidant chap and knows how to handle himself with the ladies. After hopping from sales job/woman to sales job/woman he finally lands another one as a pharmaceutical rep selling to all of the local clinics in his area. Competition is tough between reps though so wooing the receptionists is all part of the game plan which plays nicely into his hands. During one such visit he meets Maggie (Anne Hathaway) and is determined to have her.

Maggie is a creative type who has been limited by the onset of Parkinson's Disease and shares Jamie's belief in how to have a good time. I got the feeling that this is more due to her underlying hatred of the disease meaning she doesn't want to guilt anyone into having to look after her in the future and so intentionally tries not to form a relationship whereas Jamie just doesn't want a relationship in the first place. The movie does bring up the issue of Parkinson's Disease especially in younger people and is handled with the respect it deserves. Where a OTT romcom might have used it as a way to get a few cheap laughs, this treats it with importance and helps make it slightly better than the generic romcoms.

The plot does become a bit predictable in places and I was never really left wondering what was going to happen at the end. It would also have been beneficial if during the movie some idea of time had been kept so as to stop me from wondering if one day, week or even a couple of months had flown by.

Some of the best laughs come at the expense of Jamie's brother Josh (Josh Gad) a self made millionaire (although you would never know it) who is nothing like his brother in any respect. There is lots of boisterous brotherly banter and awkward moments between the two which is refreshing and reminds you that this movie is not just about the romance. Hats of also goes to the people picking the soundtrack as they hit the nail on the head with great tunes at just the right times.

In the end though this movie stands up due to the on-screen chemistry between Gyllenhall and Hathaway who were not afraid to get down and dirty for the cause. Quick quips and teasing jokes between the two of them and copious amounts of promiscuity help the cause in defining their complex relationship.

Was I blown away by this movie? No but it was better than I thought because it made me laugh with a few good comic scenes, showed off plenty of Anne Hathaway (wolf whistles please) and opened up the less well known world of what it's like to try and live with Parkinson's on a day to day basis and the emotions that come with it. Decent movie that gets a...

Rating: 6.8/10

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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 . March 18, 2011
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Life goes on... with or without Viagra!
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review by . November 23, 2010
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review by . November 27, 2010
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The High Isn't Worth the Comedown
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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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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 …
Quick Tip by . April 20, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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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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