Excerpt: No one much likes the modern medical industry--it probably has something to do with turning human beings health into an actual industry--from the insurers to the doctors to the pill-pushing salesmen who care more for their quotas than whether their drugs are particularly needed. (If there's no market, a smart person can always create one.) It's an area of modern life ripe for artistic investigation of how did we get here and how do we feel about it?
Excerpt: While watching “Love & Other Drugs” (2010), I couldn’t help but be reminded of “ Thank You For Smoking ” (2005). Both feature a handsome male lead lobbying for a controversial product; they have attractive women to give their male leads a romantic subplot; they are both heavily reliant on sharp, witty dialogue fired off at a rapid pace. You know what else do they both have in common? I found them both to be highly unlikeable.
Conclusion: 'Love & Other Drugs' is like a lot of real-life relationships - fraught with conflict, bickering, and misunderstandings, and punctuated by episodes of passionate sex - but familiarity often breeds contempt, and this choppy, unsatisfying romantic comedy-drama never lives up to its potential. Above average video and audio eases the pain, but the extras are as vapid as the film. This is one to rent and decide for yourself.
Conclusion: Jake Gyllenhaal is the King of Charm and he has found his Queen in Anne Hathaway. In one of the special features Hathaway explains that “love is hard, and it’s work, and it’s scary and it’s totally worth it.” Love & Other Drugs has pleasantly surprised me and I am now considering watching Brokeback Mountain , which the special features tell me also starred Gyllenhaal and Hathaway.
Summary: Love & Other Drugs is two films trying to be one. Call it cinematic copulation. The first is a pin-sharp satire of the pharmaceutical industry during the prescription drug boom of the 1990s. The other is a weepy romance about a sick, self-loathing girl and the immature guy who grows up and learns to love her despite her illness, finally freeing her to love herself.
Excerpt: For all of the work Love and Other Drugs puts into its key relationship, it completely blows it in the end. Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway are tremendous together, and then this script forces Gyllenhaal to drive halfway cross country to reunite with the girl of his dreams for no reason other than that’s what these movies do. It could not be more sappy, cliché, or predictable. Before that though, this is actually a good one.
Excerpt: Maggie is an alluring free spirit who won't let anything, including a formidable personal challenge, tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie Randall, whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love.
Excerpt: Given how consistently misleading the ads for Love and Other Drugs have been, it's hard to know what's fair to reveal about the plot. Does anyone even know that it's a movie set in the 90s? Or that it combines comedy and drama in a heady, frequently effective way? Or-- and this may be the biggest spoiler, though it's revealed in the first 20 minutes of the film-- that Anne Hathaway's character isn't just a cutie with brown ringlets, but a 26-year-old sufferer of early...
Excerpt: A Stanley Kramer for our times, director Edward Zwick has spent much of his career raising social consciousness—about war ( Glory , Courage Under Fire , Defiance ), terrorism ( The Siege ), and human exploitation ( Blood Diamond )—while lowering pulses. At his worst, his films act as delivery systems for whatever issue happens to be on his mind at the moment, and they tend to be plagued with a deflating earnestness.