Love and Other Drugs (2010)

Love and Other Drugs is the newest movie by Edward Zwick based on Jamie Reidy‘s book, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt and Hank Azaria.

Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) starts a job as a pharma representative for Pfizer in the 90s. He’s stuck selling Zoloft (or trying to) somewhere in Ohio and is just waiting for a chance to make it big and get away. But then he meets Maggie (Anne Hathaway), who suffers from early onset Parkinson’s and falls in love with her. When he then gets to sell Viagra, life seems to be perfect.

Love and Other Drugs is a nice film with great leads but it stays surprisingly hollow. It remains a film of missed potential.

I think the movies’ biggest problem is its script. The pharma angle doesn’t work and ends up nowhere – not that anybody really cares about it. The movie starts off as a normal RomCom, then quickly drops the Com part, but doesn’t seem to realise it. Jamie’s brother Josh (Josh Gad) shouldn’t be in the film at all. And there’s a quite sense of doom that’s right underneath the surface – I kept expecting somebody to die – that doesn’t come from anywhere and doesn’t get anywhere either.

With all this oscillitating it is very surprising that the movie still manages to keep you interested. And it does, though you feel its length.

That is mostly due to Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal* who are not only talented on their own but also have an amazing chemistry together [which they don’t hesitate to show in nicely steamy sex scenes]. And their relationship is refreshingly adult – they talk about things. With each other.

But especially with that cast and that general set-up, it should have been possible to make more of this film. That it shows so much promise, which is never followed through is really the most remarkable thing about it.

Summarising: Enjoyable, especially if you like Jake Gyllenhaal and/or Anne Hathaway.

*Can I just say: *drooooooool*

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