793. Love & Other Drugs

Title: Love & Other Drugs
Director: Edward Zwick
Year: 2010
Run time: 1hr 52m

“Maggie (Anne Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won’t let anyone — or anything — tie her down. She meets her match in Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie’s evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. LOVE & OTHER DRUGS is the winner of two Golden Globe nominations including Best Actor Jake Gyllenhaal and Best Actress Anne Hathaway.”

Live blog

3:49 – That’s one way to get fired, blimey!
5:13 – “To the sale of Josh’s company, whatever the hell it does.”
8:02 – They have big launches for pharmaceutical sales teams? Weird.
12:30 – He’s awful and manipulative! Perfect pill salesman, I guess?
14:47 – “I’m very trainable.”
21:45 – Anne Hathaway is fab.
30:43 – How long did he have to practice the twirling suitcase thing?
37:25 – “Food.” “For…?” “Eating.”
44:09 – Viagra puns.
54:43 – “Why am I mad at you already?’ Ha, six seconds into a relationship.
1:00:45 – Oop, time for the standard love montage. Something bad about to happen.
1:06:13 – Love his reaction to saying I love you.
1:12:05 – I want to know more about the man with a fork stuck in his head.
1:23:58 – “Why can’t I live my life instead of becoming a project?”
1:29:37 – So many doctors say that. Being a doctor was the dream but in reality, it’s a nightmare.
1:42:13 – Motorway charades is a fun, if dangerous, game.
1:47:45 – “You meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you. Then you meet one person and your life is changed forever.”

Conclusions

Wouldn’t have picked this one out, I don’t think, except it came in a bundle of films I purchased on iTunes. With a need for something romantic comedy-esque, we popped it on and ended up loving it. I felt like the story got off to a bit of a bumpy start – Gyllenhaal faffing about being obnoxious is fun for a while, but I did want it all to get going.

When it did, though, I was totally invested. The story of dealing with the future of a disease was fascinating, their different approaches and how it affected them. And of course there were tears at the end. The characters turned out well, and I have more affection for Anne Hathaway having watched it.

Rating: 4/5.

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