Love and Other Drugs, featuring the drama-filled acting of Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, remains a borderline rom-com that neither romances or amuses the viewer all that much. It is more of a drama that overpromises and underperforms. Much like items you see on late-night television infomercials. Let’s take a look at this film that requires more rehab in order to be a decent film.
Director and producer Edward Zwick (known for his direction of Blood Diamond, Glory, The Last Samurai, Legends of the Fall, and The Seige) should stick to the genre that he is used to….action mixed with character development and a little bit of drama tossed in. His recent attempt at a “rom-drama-com” disappointed on several levels. The story, while quite probable, does very little in the way of providing the comedy/romance that the trailers promised. As a matter of fact, very little love is in the film at all, just a lot of the act of love. Jamie Randall (Gyllenhaal) and Maggie Murdock (Hathaway) begin a very open relationship that develops into much more as the story progresses. Randall and Murdock’s witty conversationalism does add a sense of realism that one does see the “real” relationship between the two…and that’s good. But overall, their connection seemed to be lacking as we watch both them and their relationship change.
What attracted me to this movie is also what made me disappointed in it as well….Anne Hathaway. I guess I just had a certain perspective of her. That being one reminiscent of The Princess Diaries. Very attractive young lady, innocent, a sense of Julie Andrews-inspired class, and a beautiful smile! That perspective completely changed after seeing the level of promiscuity/vulgarity of hers in this film. Not so innocent after all. (This bit is a personal opinion, but I wish that Hollywood would tell great stories about relationships instead of feeling the need to show every aspect of them. Whatever happened to the great emotional moments of the highly anticipated kiss between the hero and his girl being all that was needed?!
One plus that I will give this film, is that it is based in the mid-90’s and it was fun seeing the fashion, technology, and music selection of the film from that era! I actually remembered some of the things mentioned. Overall, though, this movie ended up being oversappy and underclothed. While it has success at a few laughs, it is overdramatic. The characters do end up appearing as a “real” couple and their interactions are quite realistic, but the director seems to hope that the numerous sex scenes will keep the audience’s attention more than the sad -and sometimes happy- story itself. That never equals a great movie. Director Zwick and company, please go to rehab for filmmakers prior to making another rom-drama-com. Thank you. -Sincerely, TheScarletSp1der.
P.S. -Anne, thanks for destroying your image for me. *tear*!
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–The Sp1der’s Score: Overall: 3.5 out of 10 stars “Love and Other Drugs”
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