Love and Other Drugs Movie Review
admovieso | April 5, 2012 | No comments
Director Edward Zwick has come up with an offbeat romance that takes place in the industry of pharmaceutical sales. Sometimes it seems more like a patient who’s off his medication.
There’s just, plain, too much energy in this new movie release. It seems manic when it opens but calms down after a while. This upcoming movie focuses on the sale of legal, but the not always the ethical, sale of legal drugs. It’s moving along until this movie picture gets derailed by some oddly explicit sex scenes having to do with the phenomen of Viagra. Then the movie decides once again to fall back on romance. This movie could use a little ADD medication.
The two leads, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway are great romantic leads and look wonderful, considering they often wear very little clothing. It looks like young adults will be the biggest audience of this one of this holiday season’s new movie releases.
The development of this film was rather unusual. It’s based on a non-fiction book called “Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman” by Jamie Reidy. It’s about a very successful Pfizer salesman working in the ‘90s in the pharmaceutical market. Marshall Herskovitz, Zwick’s producer in writing and producing, and Zwick, create a story of absolute sexual explosion between a man with emotional problems and a woman with medical problems. Zwick takes a jump into new territory with this new movie.
The drug salesman’s life almost overwhelms the love story but not quite.
Gyllenhaal plays Jamie Randall, born to be a salesman as well as a seducer of women. At the start of the movie he’s seen charming all of his buyers, particularly the women, while working at an electronics store in the ‘90s. Since he can’t keep his hands off the ladies, he loses his job. Josh Gad plays his rich brother who is basically unnecessary in the movie but does get Jamie into a training program that lands him a job with Pfizer. Jamie moves to a city in the east and starts work as a drug rep for a salesman played by Oliver Platt.
While selling drugs to Dr. Knight, played by Hank Azaria, Jamie runs into a patient named Maggie Murdock who’s played by Anne Hathaway. Both of them enjoy casual sex. They use it as a drug to escape their boring lives.
Maggie suffers from early onset Parkinson’s disease and is taking other drugs as well. The sex goes on for a while before the viewer realizes that there’s no emotional commitment at this point.
Finally they fall in love, but not willingly. The funniest part of the movie is when the viewer realizes how comic it is that neither actually wants to be in love. Jamie starts searching for a cure for Maggie’s disease, more because he’s worried about his own future than because he’s worried about her future.
Now the film has discovered a story and it suddenly becomes very average – all about breaking up and the ensuing heartbreak.
Hathaway and Gyllenhaal are both great. They’re sarcastic and hungry for sex.
Steven Fierberg’s cinematography does well with the beautiful locations: a coffee house, restaurants, an artist’s loft, medical offices and other places. There are a lot of visual gags with a lot going on in each scene.
The movie will be enjoyed by many, although this really good movie could have been even better. It just seems to be a little bit out of focus.