Friday, August 05, 2011

Love & Other Drugs

Rating : 5/10
Release Date : 24th November, 2010
Time : 112 minutes
Director & Co-writer : Edward Zwick; Co-Writer : Charles Randolph, Marshall Herskovitz (based on the book ‘Hard Sell : The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman’ by Jamie Reidy); Music : James Newton Howard
Starring : Jake Gyllenhall, Anne Hathway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Josh Gad, Gabriel Macht, Kathryn Winnick, Kate Jennings Grant

He gets into trouble when, while pretending to be an intern, he stares at her naked breast for too long.

Jake, a good looking rake, is at loose ends, not sure of where life is leading him and unsure of what skills he possesses apart from the art of seduction. He finds his way into the drug industry, working as a salesman, discovers his skill-set has its uses even in his new job.

Anne is a bit bohemian, suffering from Parkinsons, steeling herself for what lies ahead but also determined not to miss out on life while she has all her faculties.

The story then follows a typical plot of them agreeing to be friends & lovers, agreeing that they will not fall in love and then later doing precisely that. Interesting subplots include Jake’s relationship with his crazy, geeky ultra rich brother and the launch of Viagra with all its consequences.

Midway through this film I remember wondering how Pfizer agreed to do this film (or did they?) and how miscast the lead pair was for this role. Jake looks the part of a hot guy but seems to lack any depth or ability to emote. Anne doesn’t look reckless enough though puts her heart into the lovemaking scenes.

The movie goes along expected lines and I found it interesting only for its chronicling of the impact Viagra had on the drugs market and the sex lives of Americans.

1 comment:

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