Sunday, February 20, 2011

Love and Other Drugs (3.5)



(Watch the Trailer)

A sales rep. for a pharmaceutical company that sells the newly developed Viagra drug meets a fiery, independent woman who turns out to have Parkinson's disease. Neither of them are looking for anything serious and enjoy a good one night stand. You never know what someone means to you until they're gone.

You'd think that a movie about Viagra would have more sweaty sex scenes in it...or, was actually really about the drug at all. This is not a movie about Viagra. In fact, it's barely even talked about. Suddenly the main character is rich over night and has a nicer suit. That's about it...

I love Jake Gyllenhaal. I'd wear a t-shirt with his face on it, no lies. I liked him equally in Donnie Darko than I did in Bubble Boy, Brokeback Mountain, Prince of Persia and Brothers. Basically, as you can tell, I like watching him on screen and I always have. I think he is a very versatile actor and can play just about anything. This character was really good for him. He hasn't done a lot of straight forward love stories and it was nice seeing him in this genre. I feel like anytime I rolled my eyes at him was actually at his character and a stupid line he said. There were a few moments like that, when the script made me frown a bit. All in all, high five Jake!

I've also always enjoyed Anne Hathaway. I thought her performance in this was amazing. She gave just a little but more than I have seen her do in the past. Maybe it's because she was more in the lime light in this film or maybe her character appealed to me...regardless, she did a fantastic job. Especially the scenes when her Parkinson's is intense. It was great to see her team up with Jake again, especially after their scenes in Brokeback Mountain were scarce. I thought they made a great on screen couple.

I liked this movie. Their were some great parts and some not-so-great parts. More of the great though, so that's a plus. Actually, I found myself bursting out loud with uncontrolled laughter more than I thought I would have. It's generally a pretty funny movie - some great one liners.

Honestly though the script was missing something and therefore it seemed like the film was missing something. Not sure how I feel about the end except that it was a more intense ending/message than I'm use to with romancy type films. The first half of this movie was amazing and then it slowed almost to a stop and there were too many montages and were still shots of concerned faces that I lost interest. Suddenly, bam, action...and then the end. Meh. Can't win 'em all I guess.

Over all way better and totally different than I thought it would be. Decent story, good characters and a bonus surprise of Oliver Platt, who everyone should know and love. Oh, ya, lotsa bum and boob too. Win.

3.5/5



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