Screen Junkies » love & other drugs http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:25:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Review: Love and Other Drugs http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-love-and-other-drugs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-love-and-other-drugs/#comments Tue, 23 Nov 2010 22:57:35 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=9084 One of those romantic comedies that opens with pop music. It’s retro pop music because the movie is set in the ‘90s, but it’s still one of those movies that has no personality of its own so it tries to bogart a song that conveys personality.

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Love and Other Drugs is one of those romantic comedies that opens with pop music. It’s retro pop music because the movie is set in the ‘90s, but it’s still one of those movies that has no personality of its own so it tries to bogart a song that conveys personality. They even construct an impromptu dance montage in the opening credits, woven “seamlessly” into the plot and character establishment.

Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a pharmaceutical rep hounding doctors’ offices to push samples of Zoloft. His powers of seduction come in handy with the receptionists, but he actually falls for a patient, Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway).

I would be down for a smart romance set against a backdrop of medical ethics, but that’s not what Love and Other Drugs is. This movie is trying so hard to be cute and clever it is annoying. The dialogue is so intent on characters dressing up their words, it draws attention to itself. No one can just say, “This is what’s happening to me.”

Here’s the difference between real clever and fake clever. Real clever leaves the point implied so the viewer can make the connection. Think Social Network. Fake clever is when characters express every single theme that’s supposed to be implied by their actions. Jamie uses all his medical knowledge to diagnose every character he encounters. Maggie analyzes Jamie’s pick-up game to explain their connection, or makes jokes to spell out her entire medical history. Those are all just references, not implications.

All the characters talk too much. Jamie’s brother Josh (Josh Gad) fills the role of the sleazeball best friend. His mom and dad (Jill Clayburgh and George Segal in only one scene) just plow through exposition about their sons’ backstories. Jamie’s partner and mentor, Bruce (Oliver Platt) just spews words out. I don’t blame the actors. You’ve got to work. The writing and directing should have been more subtle and let the scenes sit for a moment.

There are lots of hot bodies and nudity though. The sex scenes between Jamie and Maggie are hot. Hathaway even tries blocking the view with her arm or pulling the sheets up, but her boob keeps popping out. You see Gyllenhaal’s butt a lot too, but more her.

There is such inherent drama in this relationship and the world of pharmaceutical ethics, couldn’t Ed Zwick just trust the material? The training methods Pfizer teaches their reps are interesting. Jamie’s game is more powerful than The Mystery Method too. Seriously, he could host a “Seduce and Destroy” seminar. There’s a really healthy scene where Maggie builds up Jamie’s self-esteem when he doesn’t even know he’s insecure. That’s followed by a totally fake love moment.

Love and Other Drugs has a substantive message about relationships and medicine, but it’ buried in the insincere rom-com. Maggie’s emotional moment is hardcore, and when Jamie breaks through her rejection, even I fell for him. All I can remember though are people talking with their mouths full and bumbling around on the phone.

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With another Thanksgiving upon us, it’s the perfect time to reflect and take stock of the things for which we are truly grateful. I’m thankful for my friends, my family, and for the fact that Billy Predson, who tormented me all through middle school, recently went to prison for dealing meth. I’m also thankful that my girlfriend won’t mind if I gawk at Anne Hathaway in Love and Other Drugs, which premieres tomorrow.

In the film, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a traveling Viagra salesman whose life of one-night stands is threatened when he falls in love. The filmmakers are probably hoping that the comedic “boner-pill” aspects of the film will cause men to let their guard down and willingly see this obvious chick flick. This inspired me to come up with a list of on-screen erections. It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it. At least that’s what my editor said in a threatening tone.

Tomcats (2001)
Since you’re supposed to save the best for last, I suppose we should start with the worst. And you can’t get any worse than Tomcats. Staring Jerry O’Connell and Jake Busey, this crapfest received zero stars from film critic Roger Ebert. That probably has something to do with the scene where a man ends up eating a human testicle. Or maybe it’s due to the fact that the entire movie, from start to finish, is dogsh*t. Unfortunately, it does have a memorable scene involving erections, so it makes this list.

The Little Mermaid (1989)
Much like the inside of my pants, finding an erection in a non-porn film is difficult. This is true, unless you’re the type of person who reads way too much into things. If that’s the case, look no further than Disney’s The Little Mermaid. The film has not one, but two possible boner shots, if you’re the type of person who wants to see boners. Considering you’re reading this list, I’ll assume that’s the case. Sicko.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001)
We said the list was about erections in cinema. We didn’t say they had to be human erections. At any rate, this next scene Tom Green’s Freddy Got Fingered is not safe for work, unless you work at a stud farm or your boss is cool with horse dick. I’m a farmer, daddy!

Caligula (1979)
If it’s erections you’re looking for, there’s no shortage of them in the 1979 film Caligula. However, there is a “shortening” of erections, by way of some brutal castration scenes. At any rate, we’re sure producer Bob Guccione would be proud to see his film on our list… if he wasn’t busy rotting in hell.

Anatomy Of Hell (2005)
If you’ve got porn star Rocco Siffredi in your film, chances are there’s going to be an erection. And his 2005 film, Anatomy of Hell, is no exception. While the film is unique in that it isn’t a porno, it is European, so same difference.

The Brown Bunny (2003)
Ever wanted to see Chloë Sevigny give a blowy? Then The Brown Bunny is the film for you. Of course, you’ll also have to see Vincent Gallo’s erect penis, so it’s definitely a trade off.

Road Trip (2002)
In a classic scene from the not-quite-a-classic film, Road Trip, actor Edmund Lyndeck plays Barry’s Grandpa, an elderly man who recently discovered the wonders of Viagra. However, he’s a little out of practice when it comes to dealing with erections, and he ends up knocking over a figurine. When chastised by his wife, he immediately replies, “What do you want me to do, cut it off?” Well put.

Private Parts (1997)
While attending a film premiere with B-movie star Brittany Fairchild, the actress begins rubbing Howard’s leg, which leads to the inevitable. She later convinces Howard to join her for a bath, but to leave his underwear on so he won’t be “cheating” on his wife. Again, it’s only a matter of time before trouble pops up.

Bruno (2009)
It’s one thing for a film to portray an erection in someone’s pants. It’s quite another to show an actual erect penis. But even this wasn’t enough for Sacha Baron Cohen. Not only did his 2009 film Bruno contain god knows how many cock shots, but one such erection actually had a line in the film. Yep, a talking boner. We’ve come to this.

The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
The exact opposite of Tomcats, The 40 Year Old Virgin manages to deal with vulgar topics without disgusting its audience. That probably has something to do with the fact that people can relate and sympathize with the characters. Then again, being an Internet writer, it’s easy to sympathize with an old virgin. At any rate, watch the boner scene below, and then click on some ads, you ungrateful punk.

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Deeeeeeeerp!

Jack Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway star in Love & Other Drugs, a romantic comedy that isn’t afraid to rom-com it up in every aspect possible. Gyllenhaal plays a charming Viagra salesman who tricks a free-spirited Hathaway into taking her shirt off. After she beats him with a suitcase, they go get a cup of coffee, and the rest is history.

The cheeseball lines, the music, the sappy on-screen text, the emotionally distant male protagonist whose resolve is broken by the emotionally distant female protagonist — it’s got it all. Why couldn’t their casual arrangement of sex with no strings attached just have remained casual?! Because love got in the way, Silly. Ed Zwick, who has been taking on period pieces such as The Last Samurai and Defiance as of late, directed the film, which I suppose could still be considered a period piece, meaning you have to be able to have one in order to think it looks good.

Love & Other Drugs hits theaters November 24th.

Check out the trailer after the jump…


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Love and Other Drugs http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/love-other-drugs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/love-other-drugs/#comments Mon, 16 Aug 2010 16:42:30 +0000 Defy Media Director: Edward Zwick Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hank Azaria, Judy Greer, Oliver Platt, Gabriel Macht, George Segal Synopsis: Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won’t let anyone...

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Director: Edward Zwick

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hank Azaria, Judy Greer, Oliver Platt, Gabriel Macht, George Segal

Synopsis: 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.”

Release: November 24th, 2010

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