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Love & Other Drugs

There are a few things that set Love & Other Drugs apart from the vast sea of rom coms out there. It has a slight edge by taking a rather cynical look at the massive industry that is the pharmaceutical trade and the performances by the two leads are quite engaging.


Based on Jamie Reidy’s book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman, it follows the life of serial womanizer Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) who more than meets his match when he falls for Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway) a young woman who is suffering from the onset of Parkinson's disease.


Their relationship and the disease are mostly played for laughs as they struggle to gain the maturity to deal with their circumstance and the real attachment they are starting to feel for each other. There are some very funny moments but a lot of the humour struggles to find a comfortable blend of the harsh reality of dealing with someone with a degenerative disease and the bawdy laughs that often power projects like this.


It’s to the filmmaker’s credit that they tackled a subject matter that most would rather not experience and create a real connection between the audience and the two star crossed lovers. It becomes a fairly unique ride until the rather route ending but still provides good entertainment for couples of all persuasions.

Rob Hudson

www.loveandotherdrugsthemovie.com


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