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Love and Other Drugs

A romantic comedy staring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal.

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A Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22

  • Aug 31, 2011
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 a very small sampling of America's cultural and economic diversity. Lust is generated by the selfish need for sexual gratification whereas love is a condition in which one person is utterly affected by and devoted to another unconditionally and for selfless reasons. Raunchy humor and predictability may be popular with puerile teenagers who are so flooded with hormones that they can't think straight except for about sex and... mainly more sex.

Is the film titillating? Perhaps a little. Is it humorous? Rarely. Is it romantic? Not in the least.

We've reached a point in the romantic comedy genre where yuppies seem to be again the primary characters in the films. Not only are they white, upper middle class, and extremely selfish, they are also lacking in moral fiber, personal integrity, or a sense of societal equilibrium. A perfect example of this if the film Love and Other Drugs in which a yuppie played by Jake Gyllenhaal working for Pfizer lies, manipulates, and exploits the people around him (many of them sick or suffering from health conditions) for his own personal gain. The problem is that he is immediately a skirt-chasing jerk and so callous that he is essentially unsympathetic. Naturally, through the course of the film he miraculously becomes the hero of the romance and somehow comes to terms with his own insecurities and finds true love. Yeah, I didn't buy into that for a second.
The (un)lucky woman to win his heart is feisty bohemian artist played by Anne Hathaway who has Parkinson's disease and thus is afraid to have a seriously committed relationship. In many regards these two seem like the perfect match since they both want sex regardless of the fact that there isn't mutual respect or consideration between them. Even at the end of the film, you don't feel that this has changed, but it's okay because the yuppie always gets what he wants in movies.

What's worse is that this film is populated with unlikable, selfish, and not particularly smart characters. The yuppie has an obnoxious, fat, and creepy brother who does nothing but get high and lust after his girlfriends. The yuppie's friends are cardboard cut-out characters who are so painfully mundane and greedy that he is downright unlikable by association with them.
So, sorry, Hollywood... but you can place as many nude scenes in here, but I don't think any intelligent person will be swayed by the frequent site of either Gyllenhaal's pecs or Hathaway's bare buttocks and breasts. As nice as they may be to look at, they do not a true story make and are in no way substitutes for real characterization. Even the cast, which features some fine actors in rather flimsy performances, is limp. Maybe the film industry needs a little blue pill.

Even the inference that being in love is somehow the equivalent to being on drugs is offensive and stupid.

I'm sorry, but when did we go back to the moronic mentality of the '80s? When do we make light of drug use, prescription or otherwise, at the expense of the sick? When is it acceptable for a man to be so promiscuous and unapologetic in his misleading of women and then sleeping around behind their backs? And why is it that artistic and creative women in films are always shown as being sexually loose and commitment shy?
Frankly, I'm tired of these putrid cliches and I'm sick of the Hollywood machine that churns them out in lieu of either real comedy or real romance. It would appear that most studio execs, directors, and writers wouldn't know the difference and they assume audiences are as ignorant as they are.

Bah!
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August 31, 2011
I liked this one more than you did, but you know sometimes in real life, there are times where you can surrounded with selfish characters. I watch anything with Anne Hathaway.... =)
August 31, 2011
I love Anne Hathaway, but this is definitely a low point in her career.
August 31, 2011
I thought "Bride Wars" was her low point....
September 01, 2011
She was in that too? Okay, maybe she's had more than one low point.
 
August 31, 2011
More of a rant at Hollywood and their stupid formulas for commercial appeal.
 
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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
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 . November 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The High Isn't Worth the Comedown
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
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 …
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
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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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