Monday, December 6, 2010
Movie Review: Love & Other Drugs
I have to confess, when I went to the box office attendant, I said "Please give me one for Sex & Other Drugs". I suppose subconsciously I knew that was the true title for the movie, but I in order to market it properly they needed to give it a more "politically correct" title.
I am a big fan of Anne Hathaway, and lets face it, what's not to love about Jake Gyllenhaal. Anne plays a young artist suffering from early onset Parkinson's disease named Maggie Murdock and Jake plays a new pharmaceutical salesman named Jaime Randall. Maggie meets Jaime in her doctor's examination room where she is led to believe he is a new "intern". That is until she sees him opening the trunk of car and notices the cases upon cases of the Pfizer drugs he is trying to pedal to the well known doctor. After an exchange of words, Jaime using his charm to get Maggie's phone number from the ever impressionable doctor's receptionist he happens to be having sex, he manages to convince Maggie to go on a coffee date with him. And there begins the start of a very active sexual relationship between the two.
There is more to this storyline than plenty of fornication. Maggie meets a man who truly cares for her and is willing to learn everything there is to know about her condition and stand by her side even during the rough times. And Jaime meets a woman who sees beyond his competitive nature and extreme sexual urges. She sees a man who, even though given the opportunities to excel in the medical field like his family, has fiercely tried to make a life directly opposite of what they all expect. They believe he cares about nothing, and Maggie sees a passionate, caring, smart individual.
I am so glad I didn't listen to the mixed reviews given for this movie. The movie was chock full of belly laugh funny scenes as well as very emotional ones. These two are class act thespians and the chemistry between the two was undeniable. Seeing Jake in the buff was an added bonus! I would definitely recommend it.