Love and Other Drugs: DVD Review
Love and Other Drugs
Released by Roadshow
to the heady mid 90s with this new film starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne
Gyllenhaal plays Jamie Randall, a man
who has the gift of the gab. This guy can sell you anything with his charm - as
well as himself to the ladies. After being kicked out of his latest job, Randall
(a med school drop out) decides to enter the world of pharmaceutical drugs sales
with a company called Pfizer.
So Randall applies
his talents to selling the drugs and staking out the doctors to encourage them
to sell their brand of anti depressant rather than Prozac. Throw in Viagra into
the mix too and Randall's in heaven.
where Randall meets Maggie (a brown doe eyed Anne Hathaway) who's at the
doctor's to get drugs for her stage one Parkinson's disease. But there's an
instant attraction and the pair end up having a one night stand.
Randall falls hard for Maggie - but the road to
romance is always tough - particularly if both sides have their own problems and
demons to battle.
Love And Other Drugs is an odd
sort of film - it starts off with tremendous, lusty gusto with wide-eyed Jake
charming the pants (literally)off everything that moves. That bravado and
braggadocio are pushed even further when he pairs up with Anne Hathaway and the
film heads into a sex comedy (particularly with the addition of Jamie's down on
his luck, kicked out by his wife brother played by Jack Black/ Jonah Hill cross
Josh Gad) complete with plenty of sex, smut and humour.
Halfway through, there's a complete tonal change and it becomes
romantic drama with a good dose of obstacles thrown in for good measure.
That tonal change happens so fast (although, to be
fair, it's signposted from early on) that you almost feel like you're watching a
completely different film.
But, when performances
are as compelling as they are from Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway (who have
sizzling steamy chemistry), you can almost forgive them anything. Almost.
Extras: Deleted scenes, behind the
scenes docos with the actors and an inside look at the pharmaceutical trade.