Love And Other Drugs

I went to a test screening of this upcoming movie last night with my good friend Cathy. I knew very little about what the film was about and basically just went along because it was free (yep I’m that kinda guy!)

Both of us (and pretty much the entire audience, going by what I was earwigging in to) came out of the cinema at the end unanimously agreeing that the film was excellent. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, Love And Other Drugs is set in the 90’s following the story of Jamie (Gyllenhaal) who is somewhat of a ladies man who loses his job as an electronics salesman. His successful younger brother (played by the hysterical Josh Gad) suggests he go into pharmaceutical sales, which eventually leads him to met Maggie (Hathaway), a Parkinson’s sufferer, who has a free-spirited view on life . The pair  hook up, at first on a no-strings attached basis, before ultimately falling for each other. Sounds like a pretty standard romantic comedy, but I was surprised at how good this movie actually was. It can have you laughing out loud with full-on belly laughs one minute, before wrenching out your heart in some truly touching moments, especially with how it deals with Maggie’s attitude to her Parkinson’s as well as the disease in general.

The two main leads share a very realistic on-screen chemistry together and the movie is shot in such a way, that you kind of feel like your there with them, almost voyeuristic. I think that’s what makes this film work so well. You really connect with the characters and hope everything works out for them. Gyllenhaal and Hathaway give career-best performances. Check out the trailer here and go watch on November 24th 2010.

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