Love and Other Drugs
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. Based on Jamie Reidy’s memoir “Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman.”
“Love and Other Drugs” is a combination of “Love Story”, “Up in the Air”, and “Thank You for Smoking”. Often when I talk about a movie being a compilation of other movies, I’m saying it in a negative fashion. This one is in a positive fashion. Jake Gyllenhaal is a little less buff than he was in “King of Persia”. Anne Hathaway is a little less sparkly than she was as a princess, but the two of them have genuine on-screen chemistry. Not only are they both gorgeous, but they’re both very good actors. Oliver Platt is in this and George Segal and Jill Clayburgh make short appearances as Jake’s parents. Basically, Jake is a ne’er-do-well who’s really only good at sales. Well, he’s good at two things: he’s good at sales, and he’s good at sex, and every once in a while the two collide and he gets fired, so then he goes on to be good at sales and good at sex again. And, it turns out that his life calling happens when he starts working for Pfizer. I’m surprised Pfizer isn’t going to sue these guys, because they do not come off looking very gentile or ethical. This is a really terrific movie. It is fun to watch. The two leads are gorgeous and have serious chemistry and serious acting chops. I’m not going to tell you very much about it, but I think you’ll be enthralled. Four and a half stars.