Attn: Rehab Required

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?!

I may be old school and unpopular in this line of thought, but movies can be romantic without involving nudity.) Classic couples like John Wayne/Maureen O’Hara, Gene Kelly/Debbie Reynolds, Clark Gable/Vivien Leigh, Errol Flynn/Olivia de Havilland, and even Ross/Rachel from Friends were able to accomplish great scenes and relationships without baring all!! The amount of nakedness in this film did bother me and felt overdone. (Parental advisory: Parents, be sure to heed the ratings on this film, as it is definitely not appropriate for the kiddos due to language, nudity, and adult situations that occur. This film goes back and forth between nakedness and comedy to make for an awkward combination of the two.)

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*!

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy watching!

The Sp1der’s Score: Overall: 3.5 out of 10 stars “Love and Other Drugs”

up next: review for Faster, and “Movie News Monday!”

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4 comments

  1. I agree that the sex was unnecessary for this film. But I love Anne Hathaway and I applaud her daring acting choices. Her “innocent” image has long since been “dashed” after I saw her chilling performance in ‘Brokeback Mountain.’ She was amazing. And kinda on a side note, I think she’d be great as Louis Lane in the ‘Superman’ reboot! 🙂

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  2. The sex, and raunch that packed the film in the beginning, was a little too much, I’ll say that, but besides that, I still had an honestly fun time watching these two perform.

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    • Hello CMrock! Welcome to the Scarletsp1der’s Web! Thanks for commenting! You are right. Their acting and on screen relationship was very well done! It seemed so real. Unfortunately it was all the sex that detracted from it for me personally. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your perspective.

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