Becky and I went to see the flick, Love and Other Drugs on opening night at the AMC Theaters in Castle Rock, CO. The Fandango website at Love and Other Drugs describes the movie as follows:
“‘A salesman competes in the cutthroat world of pharmaceuticals to hawk a male performance enhancement drug. Based on Jamie Reidy’s memoir “Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman…”
Love and Other Drugs is really summed up in the description above. There isn’t much to this movie beyond it being about a salesman, who is trying to figure out how he can sell more drugs to doctors and rise to the top of his drug company to impress his family. Supposedly, it’s the drug Viagra that is going to make him a superstar. After all, he’s not only a great salesman, but good at picking up women and having sex with them.
This movie should have been called “Sex and Other Drugs” because that’s about all Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway do for two hours. It’s like watching a pornographic movie after a while and you’re wondering how shallow this movie can really be. He does remember her name. We didn’t know that the movie poster of the two of them in bed would be pretty much the entire movie, just in different settings with some other shallow characters thrown in as filler. If that’s what you’re looking for this is definitely your movie, otherwise it pretty much sucked.
In fairness, there is this whole element of Anne Hathaway’s character having an incurable disease and since he works for a drug company that’s supposed to have some message in it I guess. The message is that the drug companies are more concerned about selling sex drugs than curing diseases, not that sex doesn’t sell since that’s all this movie is selling for two hours. The main character also isn’t sure if he wants to stay with a woman he’s falling in love with since she is going to die from her disease, but he sure likes being with her.
In addition, we both thought that it really paints doctors in a bad light as nothing more than glorified drug pushers, who are looking for their next thrill ride and perk. Not all of them of course, but several in the film are just concerned about their perks from the drug companies and not their patients health and that was a bit ridiculous.
Overall, we found this movie to be a waste of time and Hollywood fantasy land. We can’t recommend it, it’s a rental at best.
John – ** Rental
Becky – * Don’t Bother
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