Love And Other Drugs
I am not the biggest fan of the rom/com genre, however occasionally a film of the sort comes along and it plays it a little differently and it doesn’t feel like the same film. Love And Other Drugs was that for me, while it still had some of those typical cliques it came off as different and fresh. The film takes place in 1996, and we are introduced to our main character Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal). He’s a smooth sales man who gets fired from his job after doing the nasty with the owner’s wife. He moves on to become a drug rep for Pfizer, where he needs to push Zoloft (like Prozac). This leads him to try and score a deal with a Doctor’s office, where he meets Maggie (Anna Hathaway) who suffers from parkinson’s disease. The two find they have an instant connection, and begin the no strings attached sex. Of course as they get to know each other they begin to fall for each other, and complications get in the way.
The film tries to take a different approach, giving us a setting some 14 years ago and having two very different main characters. Maggie suffers from parkinson’s and the film does not mock this at all, but in stead tries to make her feel like a real person. Jamie is a charming guy, and he’s throw into a big situation (he eventually gets a hold of viagra and becomes the man to go to), and he has the most to learn from everything. Both Jake and Anne work well together (they played a married couple in Brokeback Mountain), they have a natural chemistry and it’s fun seeing them together. It works so well because of these two capable leads and they definitely bring more to the table than what was written. This rises above the usual fair, it’s a little different and it doesn’t feel run of the mill. The supporting cast are good as well, and decent support for the leads, and seeing either of them show off their bodies isn’t too bad either. Love And Other Drugs is a fine film, and something I am happy to have invested my time in.