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Love & Other Drugs (2010)

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A young woman suffering from Parkinson's befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer in 1990s Pittsburgh.

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Edward Zwick

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Charles Randolph (screenplay), Edward Zwick (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Jamie Randall
Anne Hathaway ... Maggie Murdock
Oliver Platt ... Bruce Winston
Hank Azaria ... Dr. Stan Knight
Josh Gad ... Josh Randall
Gabriel Macht ... Trey Hannigan
Judy Greer ... Cindy
George Segal ... Dr. James Randall
Jill Clayburgh ... Nancy Randall
Kate Jennings Grant ... Gina
Katheryn Winnick ... 'Lisa'
Kimberly Scott ... Gail
Peter Friedman ... California Man
Nikki Deloach ... Christy
Natalie Gold ... Dr. Helen Randall
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Storyline

Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Accros aux nuits sans lendemain ou dépendants l'un de l'autre? (Addicted to one-night stands or dependent on one another?) (French)

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hard Sell See more »

Filming Locations:

Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,739,161, 28 November 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,367,005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,820,008
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Patti Podesta designed Maggie's loft to be in stark opposition to the cold, sterile, medical buildings, in which Jamie works. See more »

Goofs

Trey refers to himself as "an ex-Marine". An actual Marine would never use that phrase. The status of being a Marine is retained for life, hence the motto "Once a Marine, always a Marine". It would have been more appropriate to have him refer to himself as "a Marine veteran". See more »

Quotes

California Man: [about Parkinson disease] It's not a disease, it's a Russian novel.
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References Bye Bye Birdie (1963) See more »

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Show-Biz Blues
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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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Soulless Corporate Film-making
12 September 2011 | by flapdoodle64See all my reviews

This is a good movie for people who want to see Anne Hathaway naked, as you will see quite a lot of naked Anne Hathaway body parts in this movie. Also, the sex scenes seem to be of longer duration than is average for our times, suggesting that someone might have wanted to pad the running time. The scenes are of such a duration as to become somewhat uncomfortable for the audience, unless of course one is watching the film alone and with the freeze frame control handy.

Otherwise, this film can summed up as a very uneasy attempt at combining sophomoric Owen Wilson/Ben Stiller type humor with a few token elements of RomCom or ChickFlick, such as Judd Apatow was able to pull off with his highly successful 'Knocked Up.' There is nothing inherently wrong with Hollywood making sophomoric adolescent male comedies, nothing wrong with making a RomCom, nothing wrong with making a ChickFlick. But a director needs to have the guts to commit to one vision for a film, and not try to hobble 3 incompatible things together in a soulless and cynical attempt to please focus audiences and demographic groups.

In this film, the humor runs out of steam about 1/3 way into it. Worse, there is a major subplot involving Anne Hathaway's character suffering from Parkinson's disease...this issue, a character suffering from a chronic incurable and debilitating disease is for the most part shown in a silly and dismissive way, so as to be a slap in the face of people and couples everywhere facing serious health problems. There are a couple sequences where the director seems suddenly to realize the seriousness of the affliction, but within the superficial and silly context of this film, these sequences come across as an attempt to manipulate the audience into thinking they are seeing a film not totally devoid of emotional content.

There is another subplot involving the way citizens of the U.S. are neglected by their government and exploited by the pharmaceutical companies. Here is another place where the audience is teased by content of potential relevancy to the human race but again the material has been carefully neutralized so as not to offend the sensitivities of the ruling class.

The good thing is that the naked scenes of Anne Hathaway all occur in the first half of the film. The best audience for this film will keep their remote controls handy.


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