Love and Other Drugs


Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a natural-born salesman.  He can sell anything.  Including himself.  He has no problem getting women.  After using the latter talent to get fired from selling electronics, he gets a job at Pfizer.  In sales, naturally.

While on a sales call to a less than ethical doctor (Hank Azaria), he pretends to be an intern (at the doctors direction) so they can discuss business.  While an “intern,” Jamie meets Maggie (Anne Hathaway).  Maggie has early onset Parkinson’s.

Due to Maggie’s illness and Jamie’s reputation as a player, neither of them are looking for anything serious.  Maggie has been hurt before by men who couldn’t handle everything that comes with her ailment.  (Ironically, by Jamie’s biggest rival.)

The problems start when Jamie starts falling in love with her.  And Maggie doesn’t want to admit that she is falling for him.  Will she open up to him?  Can he handle what her life entails?

Here is a chick flick that is really trying to bring in the male audience.  Anne Hathaway is using it as a vehicle to shed her “Princess Diaries” image.  You see a side of Anne that had never been seen before.  The side that has no clothes on.  She spends a decent portion of the movie with little to nothing covering her body.  And they don’t try to do the “I’ll have her arm covering her lady bits.”  (Fine lady bits they are, too.)  I sat with my jaw hanging open for quite a bit of the movie saying, “Those are Anne Hathaway’s boobies!”  I was in shock.  At some points it seems to get gratuitous.  Not that I was complaining…  (I remember reading something about Anne’s feelings on doing a nude scene.  I just didn’t realize the extent to which it would be taken.)

That said, the story and the acting by the rest of Anne Hathaway (and the rest of the cast) aren’t bad either.  It’s set back in the days when Viagra was just introduced.  (Yeah, way back 1998.)  So you get a glimpse a little into the recent past.  This was pretty well done.  (Save for the number of flat screen televisions in the opening scene.  These weren’t that widely available in those days.  Especially for mass consumption.  Yes, I’m a technophile.)

Whether you’re in it for the love story or for…other reasons, it’s a pretty good movie.  And you’ll never look at Anne Hathaway the same way.

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