Movie Madness

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Love and Other Drugs

Every year, a few romantic comedies aim to be more than what they are. This year, we’ve seen some succeed (Easy A) and some fail (Eat, Pray, Love). This one reaches out in hopes of snagging award cred, and to a slight extent, it gets some.

The film follows Jake Gyllenhaal as a man who ends up selling pharmaceuticals for Pfizer. In his attempts to get Zoloft to replace Prozac, he meets a woman with young onset Parkinson’s, played by Anne Hathaway. We then follow their relationship as it goes though all the romantic dramedy checkpoints.

The film, directed by the director of The Last Samurai, falls into many of the trappings often associated with this style of movie. The saving grace are it’s actors. Gyllenhaal and Hathaway have strong chemistry and they carry the movie just the two of them. Even with a supporting cast of strong actors, the film falls on them.

The story alludes to a few things on the horizon, but it awkwardly avoids them. Had this film been allowed a little more room for chance, it would have been a much stronger movie. Instead, we are left a film that is barely saved by its cast. For fans of the cast only. 3 out of 5 stars.

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