Movie of The Week

This week I watched Love & Other Drugs. I have been looking forward to seeing this film for ages, especially because it seemed to be a bit more than the usual Hollywood Rom-Com.

Starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal as the leading roles and directed by Edward Zick, this film is based on the non-fiction book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Ready.

It is set in 1996, where Jamie Randall, a slightly lost individual, decides to branch into the world of pharmaceuticals and becomes a Sales Rep for Pfizer. He starts off selling Zoloft and Zithromax and is eventually upgraded to the big league of the new wonder drug, Viagra. Inbetween his womanising he manages to meet Maggie Murdock, who suffers from early onset Parkinson's disease.

The movie flips between Jamie bribing the medical community with free pens and other Pfizer merchandise (I love free pens!) and loads of sex scenes between the leading couple, involving a lot of nudity. Strangely enough the vast number of sex scenes actually fitted in with the plot and after I got over the first glimpse of Anne Hathaway's breasts, it wasn't actually that disturbing.

This is Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway's second film together, the first being Brokeback Mountain and she won a Best Actress accolade in the 2010 Sattelite Awards.

'Kirk Honeycutt of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a negative review. He stated, "The energy is far too great -- manic even -- at the beginning but calms down for a while to focus on the highly competitive but not always ethical arena of drug sales, then gets distracted by unusually bold sex scenes for a studio picture only to wander off into the cultural phenomenon of Viagra before the movie decides it's a romance after all and so concludes in a highly conventional final embrace.'   

I personally enjoyed this film and awarded it a 7/10.

Any good films that you can recommend?



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