SIDE EFFECTS

Psychiatric Thriller

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Release Date: February 08, 2013

Starring: Jude Law, Rooney Mara,
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing
Tatum

Genre: Mystery Thriller

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 105 minutes

Distributor: Open Road Films

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Executive Producer: James D. Stern, Michael
Polaire, Douglas E. Hansen

Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura,
Gregory Jacobs, Scott Z. Burns

Writer: Scott Z. Burns

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Tom Ortenberg, CEO, Open Road Films
12301 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: (310) 571-2200; Fax: (310) 571-2278
Website: www.openroadfilms.com

Content:

(H, BB, HoHo, LLL, VV, SS, NN, A, DD, M) Light humanist worldview with strong moral elements where the evil actions of the villains are overcome, with strong homosexual plot, but the homosexuals are depicted in a villainous light; 22 obscenities (including some “f” words) and five profanities; strong violence includes man suddenly stabbed three times and left to die, woman gets electric shock therapy, woman drives into a parking garage wall, man slapped and hit with briefcase, woman restrained, and woman’s mother-in-law slaps her; strong sexual content includes depicted married sex in two scenes, homosexual kissing and groping is interrupted, adultery; some alcohol use; story involves prescription drugs; and, insider training scandal, deception, and villain tries to frame hero.


Summary:

SIDE EFFECTS is a thriller about a psychiatrist who has to clear his name when he’s accused of giving meds with dangerous side effects to a woman patient who kills her husband. Though sometimes two low-key, SIDE EFFECTS has a strong moral element that overcomes the ruthless evil of its villains, but it has some rough foul language, sexual content and nudity, so extreme caution is advised.


Review:

SIDE EFFECTS is a sharply written thriller about a psychiatrist who has to clear his name when he’s accused of giving meds with dangerous side effects to a woman patient who kills her husband. It has a strong moral element that overcomes the ruthless evil of its villains, but there’s some rough foul language, sexual content, and nudity, so extreme caution is advised.

The movie is the latest hot-button, issue-based movie by director Steven Soderbergh (TRAFFIC, CONTAGION). It follows the efforts of a psychiatrist named Jonathan Banks to clear his name after a patient of his named Emily shockingly stabs her husband Martin. The blame for her actions is placed on sleepwalking induced by a new anti-depressant medication he had prescribed for her. Jonathan turns to Dr. Victoria Siebert, Emily’s prior psychiatrist, for clues to her behavior from her past. He soon comes to realize there’s a far deeper conspiracy at play.

SIDE EFECTS is clever and well written, but sometimes too low key. It’s more intellectual than truly entertaining and will appeal more to viewers seeking brainy fare rather than broad entertainment. It also provides a look at the way in which drugs get tested and approved in the psychiatric world, including the amount of lobbying and near-bribery that occasionally is applied to convince doctors to promote new drugs to their patients.
The setting is secular, so the worldview is humanist. However, in the end, the doctor is able to overcome the ruthless efforts of the villains to blame him. This positive aspect is mitigated by strong foul language, brief nudity and some lewd moments, including a homosexual element, so extreme caution is advised.


In Brief:

SIDE EFFECTS follows the efforts of a psychiatrist named Jonathan Banks to clear his name after a patient of his named Emily shockingly stabs her husband. The blame for her actions is placed on sleepwalking induced by a new anti-depressant medication Jonathan prescribed for her. Jonathan turns to Emily’s prior psychiatrist, for clues to her behavior from her past. He soon comes to realize there’s a far deeper conspiracy at play.



SIDE EFECTS is clever adult thriller, but sometimes too low key. It’s more intellectual than truly entertaining and will appeal more to viewers seeking brainy fare rather than broad entertainment. It also provides a look at the way in which drugs get tested and approved in the psychiatric world with a slight anti-capitalist bent. The setting in SIDE EFFECTS is more secular than spiritual. However, in the end, the doctor is able to overcome the ruthless efforts of the villains to blame him. This positive aspect is mitigated by strong foul language, nudity and some lewd moments, including a homosexual element. So, extreme caution is advised for SIDE EFFECTS.