Movie #270 Love and Other Drugs
(2010, US, d. Edward Zwick)
I don’t know what to make of this movie. This is not to say, however, that I don’t know whether or not I liked it. I’ll be clear: I hated this film. I think it’s one of the most “romantic comedies” I’ve seen all year. What leaves me confused, however, is what the hell I watched for the 2 hour running time of the film. Was it a film about the ethics of the drug industry? Was it about the boom of a little blue pill called Viagra? Was it a film about sex? Or Parkinson’s? Or was it just another romantic comedy after all? Because there are elements to this film that point to each one of these questions, but not a single consistent tone is ever established here. Jake Gyllenhall plays Jamie, a great pharmaceutical sales representative, though his ethics do come into question in the film. One day he meets Maggie (Anne Hathaway), a woman with Parkinson’s disease that would normally turn Jamie off but for some reason, he can’t resist. They have sex. Nay. They have incredibly graphic and intense and erotic sex for like 3 minutes. And then the film turns its attention to whether or not Jamie can commit. Meanwhile, Viagra is introduced and he starts making a big boom on that. Maggie still has Parkinson’s and it’s getting worse, but they never really answer this question. In fact, by the time this film had ended, I felt as if I had just watched a very long introductory sequence. Love and Other Drugs though, does have its fans. And for that, I am stumped, not having a single clue what value people could have gotten out of this terrible film, apart from the performances. Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhall are both great in the film, the former allowed to showcase her talent in this film a lot more. But it’s unfortunate that talented director Edward Zwick, most known for bringing battle epics to the screen, does not succeed in this genre as well as he has done in other platforms. Bortom line: talent wasted in a pointless story that can’t make its mind up as to what the hell it wants us to feel.