Love & Other Drugs (2010)
Maggie is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone – or anything – tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie, whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serves him well with the ladies and 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.
I started watching this film more because I had to than because I wanted to. I was fully aware that I may not like it. I can usually tolerate even watching terrible stuff like the new Bladerunner, when there is a good reason.But this time, around 60 min mark, I had to stop. This film was hurting my brain, and burning holes in it. Why, you ask? Oh boy, where do I start. Let's see: A brother who jokes about oral sex (they used much more crude language in the scene however) with his brother during dinner with their mother present. That was supposed to be funny.An alienated looser of a drug salesman who has not a trace of humanity in him, falls in love with a girl who has no personality, other than her Parkinson. And I am supposed to care?Dialogues which confuse swearing with meaning. Crude and dumb to no end.Any time those things (bad dialogues, untenable relationship) fall apart, we get a sex scene, which is even worse. Sex is uninspired, loveless, crude, unfunny, uncaring, and all too logical/brainy to be interesting. It is what a teenager who never had sex imagines sex scenes should be like. Oh, and she does not want him back, and he falls for her even more, just like that. Bring that gawd-awful brother back!Jake G. and Anne H. were quite good, but good acting does not a good film make, especially not when the script is awful. They should have rejected those roles. I bet this film did not look any better on paper either.You get the idea. The film or script was made by people who have no interest or ability to understand human condition. They have the finesse of a nuclear weapon, and artistic flair of "paint by numbers" book. The result is this horror.Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go and watch Miley Cirus to detox from this crap.
It is sad day for fans of Jake Gylenhall: to see such a good actor in a typical Hollywood syphilitic piece of "cinema"This picture is full of clichés with addition of old and low jokes. Let us be honest here: it is simply quite vulgar. And while being vulgar does not automatically mean that a comedy has to be bad, in this case all this vulgarity serves as a cheap paint over a poor executed material. Because the subject (the attempt of turning cinema goers attention to a dreadful disease of Parkinson) is made in such a way, that doctor James Parkinson must be now turning in his graveDo not waste time on this "romantic" "comedy". This picture has very little romance; this picture is almost completely not funny. This picture is simply boringOne would have to be a complete simpleton to enjoy this thing (that should not be called "movie" nor a "piece of cinema")
Okay, so I decided on watching this film mostly to kill some time. Like, we all need some high budget, highly stereotypical romantic movie with foreseeable plot sometimes, don't we? Well, I got more than that, yet a lot less too... My biggest problem with this movie is that it's trying to be so many things at the same time, and I don't see it working out. In some scenes it's this really beautiful, well acted, highly emotional type of movie where I can really connect to the characters and understand their struggles. But then in the next scene it's trying to be some sort of stupid comedy with shallow 'jokes' about penises. I'm not saying that all movies based on this kind of comedy are dumb or bad, I'm just saying that in this particular movie, it's most certainly not working out. The acting is good, the scenery looks good, it's just confused. If they could have just tried to straight up the style of the movie, either way really, it could've been so much more than what it turned out to be.
This was okay, getting better towards the end when it takes a turn towards the dramatic and loses the bad comedic edge it had going. Anne Hathaway is (less annoying than usual here) as a free spirited woman who won't let anything or anyone tie her down -she is also suffering from Parkinson's. She meets her match however in "Jamie" (Jake Gyllenhaal -looking good) an ultra charming drug rep working for Pfizer.Their evolving relationship takes them both by surprise and I particularly enjoyed watching Jamie's character grow up. There were some sexy love scenes here I wasn't expecting and that moment where Jamie realizes that he's fallen in love and has a panic attach, very well done. Those drug companies are cut throat and viscous. 10/4/13