Monday, December 6, 2010

Movies 125 : Love and other Drugs

It was definitely NOT what I was expecting. I'm not sure what I was expecting. I won't say I hated it, but I didn't quite love it, either. I mean, no way was I going to walk out on Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. I've wanted to see them in something together since Brokeback Mountain. They do have a certain chemistry together. A sort of playfulness. And thankfully, they had it, in this movie.

STORYLINE: Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), 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.

Its not a match made in heaven.

What I can say about their characters, Maggie and Jamie, they are definitely each other's equal. Of course, you have to wonder if they have any redeeming qualites. Just what was it that they saw in each other.. than the possibilities of hooking up.

The film takes place in 1996 when a war of pharmaceutical sales of antidepressants is going on. Here you have attention deficit Jamie from a rather doctor oriented family, but he just can't focus on medicine, so he does the next best thing. A drug salesman, and it really helps to be a ladies man too. Then there is Maggie with no insurance, a free spirit with a problem. She is a sick girl with begining stages of Parkinson's disease. But that doesn't let her down. She's spunky and has the most amazing flat ever. Of course, you have to wonder how she could afford such a place. And then one thing leads to another. Jamie has a panic attack when he can't even tell Maggie he loves her. He also has a very gross little brother, Josh Gad, as Josh.

Really, the movie offers all sorts of bad situations of brotherly love. There are moments I'm not that fond of in the movie, but I guess it has something for everyone. Oliver Platt is a little to high strung in the movie, but supporting actress Judy Greer is marvelous as ever. There are some laughs in the show, but you might be asking yourself later, just why you laughed. Thankfully, the ending was as I predicted. It has a fun 90's soundtrack, too.

Meggie's apartment was my favorite part of the movie.



  1. I thought I still liked him. Then I see him on the cover of US with Taylor Swift. I'm not sure I'm that fond of either one of them now. I like his quirky characters best and he hasn't done one of those in a long.

  2. oh i've been wanting to see this movie! love him. don't really like her...only in the princess diaries : ) but only the first one.

  3. I have that movie poster <3 I have yet to see this movie though and it's really sad that I haven't. It's just too darn far away! I need to see it now though from this review.

  4. I've been wanting to see this! It looks good!

  5. Okay, so. I dragged my Mother to see it, and I'm so glad I did. But. You're right, it was one of those movies where you look back and wonder why you enjoyed it. Dialogue speaking, it was great. But they added so much that shouldn't have been added. Like the brotherly love crap. GROSS.