Review: Love and Other Drugs
Slightly different label, same old medicine.
Love and Other Drugs is a romantic drama/comedy that disguises itself as something different. They want you to look past those rom com cliches (and oh, there are a few) and see the performances.
Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a womanizer who gets a job as a prescription medicine salesman. He woos nearly every woman in sight while he's shilling Zoloft. (and later Viagra) Eventually he meets Maggie, (Anne Hathaway) a free spirited artist who happens to have stage 1 Parkinson's disease. Neither of them want a relationship, they just want the sex. They start out that way, but it eventually forms into something different.
The film's main marketing campaign was that this film is "raunchy." There are a few nude scenes with our leads and some off color jokes, but I didn't think this film was nearly as raunchy as they made it sound. It suffers from the same old formula used in many other romantic films, ie: friends with benefits that turns into something more. Slow, cheesy music at the most vulnerable of scenes. That annoying brother that's simply there for comic relief. Someone is sick, could they be dying? It also thrives on making those situations watchable. Gyllenhaal and Hathaway give excellent performances, they have tons of chemistry and really make you feel for their characters. They take all of the simplicity of a romantic comedy and add a few layers. I was disappointed in the film, because I was expecting more, but I didn't hate it. It's worth seeing if your a fan of Gyllenhaal and Hathaway.
Memorable Quote: "Oh, that's just a spider bite." - Dr. Knight (Frank Azaria)