LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne
Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Josh
Gad, Hank Azaria
Runtime: 113 minutes
Distributor: 20th Century Fox/News Corp.
Director: Edward Zwick
Executive Producer: Margaret Riley
Producer: Edward Zwick, Marshall
Herskovitz, Charles Randolph,
Scott Stuber, Pieter Jon
Writer: Edward Zwick, Marshall
Herskovitz, Charles Randolph
Address Comments To:Rupert Murdoch, Chairman/CEO, News Corp.
Chase Carey, President/COO, News Corp.
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
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The movie opens by following the exploits of ladies' man Jamie (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) as he enters the fast-paced, highly lucrative world of pharmaceutical sales amid the mid-1990s boom times of Zoloft and Viagra. This opening establishes early on that Jamie’s constantly in pursuit of his next sexual conquest. Jamie is also constantly scamming his way from one sale to the next, particularly pursuing the business of a doctor (Hank Azaria) who finds he needs Jamie's Viagra in order to keep up his own promiscuous lifestyle.
Jamie meets Maggie (Anne Hathaway) through the doctor, as she comes in for the extensive prescriptions needed to fight her rare case of early-onset Parkinson's Disease. The two immediately engage in a heated relationship that she insists on keeping casual because she's afraid of ever burdening a man with her lifelong care. After many complications, Jamie learns to tame his wild ways and convinces Maggie that he will always be by her side, even if he someday has to carry her everywhere she goes.
LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS features enormously appealing performances from Gyllenhaal and Hathaway, despite the fact they are nude or in various states of undress throughout much of the movie. While there are plot holes, such as the film not offering an explanation of how an artist like Maggie is able to afford a huge loft or has wads of cash at the ready for her medication, its dialogue is funny and its plot zips masterfully through the unique milieu of pharmaceutical sales. The movie is particularly strong in its ability to shift tones as the film takes a serious, emotional turn towards the end. [SPOILER ALERT] The final scene, in which Maggie confesses her fears of being a burden on even a life partner and Jamie convincingly swears his lifelong love and care for her, is a masterful moment that offers far more depth than most Hollywood depictions of relationships. While the sexual frankness in the other parts of the movie will no doubt turn away most moviegoers, the message at the end is commendable.
LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS offers an extremely mixed bag for media-wise viewers. It features some of the most extensive nudity and frequent sex scenes in a mainstream movie in years, while the ending offers a powerful testament to love and commitment. There is also excessive foul language, however, so the movie’s negative content ultimately is unacceptable.