Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Love & Other Drugs - DVD Review


Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Josh Gad, Gabriel Macht, Judy Greer, Jill Clayburgh, George Segal and Kate Jennings Grant. Directed by Edward Zwick.

This is one schitzophrenic movie.

Part of it is a biting comedy about the oversatuation of drug salesmen, pushing these neat new products like Zoloft and Viagra on to doctors. Part of it is a sex comedy about two twisted souls who run into each other at the right time, and they vow not to fall in love as they keep sleeping together. Then we also must venture into the melodramatic when we learn our heroine has Parkinson's.

So what we have all possibilites for three different movies, and maybe each would be good on its own, but meshed together, it doesn't work. Whenever Jake & Anne start to get serious and all of a sudden Josh Gad wanders through, I can practically hear the needle scratch across the record.

Hard to say which elements were strongest. How good could this movie have been if it had focussed on the Viagra stuff? Or the Parkinsons stuff? Or the "Friends with Benefits" stuff? It's like a chocolate-sushi-salsa milkshake. All fine flavors, but mixed together? Kinda gross.

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