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Love And Other Drugs Coming To Blu-Ray And Other Formats March 1st
Author: David Wharton
published: 2011-01-25 16:35:32
My unhealthy crush on Anne Hathaway is well documented by this point, so my recommendation of Love and Other Drugs is admittedly biased. And while the film didn't review all that well, I do think Love and Other Drugs has more going for it than just the naked cavorting beautiful people that got all the press. Although that's nice, too.
The film is actually set in the '90s, with Jake Gyllenhaal's slacker Jamie becoming a pharmaceutical rep just as Viagra hits the market and makes lots of pharmaceutical reps very, very rich. While the film never becomes too preachy, the setting does allow for a bit of sharp satire of the way the pharmaceutical industry works and promotes itself, as well as the interactions between reps and doctors that skirt the lines of ethicality if not legality.
Jamie's new career introduces himself to Maggie (Hathaway), a charming eccentric suffering from early onset Parkinson's disease. While movies are constantly using some disease or other as cheap labor when it comes to creating dramatic tension (as a cancer survivor, I always do a shot whenever a fictional character comes down with that most terminal strain -- cancer of the convenience). Thankfully, in Love and Other Drugs Maggie's illness is a core part of both the story and the relationship that forms between the two of them. It isn't half-assed shorthand but a fundamental part of who Maggie is, and Hathaway knocks her performance clean out of the park. Even more respectably, the movie doesn't provide easy answers where real life lacks them.
Finally, the naked elephant in the room: both Jake and Anne are naked as hell in this movie. I kind of felt sorry for the mother a few rows in front of my wife and I who had obviously taken her teen daughter out for a light-hearted rom-com and instead got a Parade Of Naked Bits. But while you will indeed be able to memorize large swaths of the leads' respective bodies by the time the end credits roll, Love deserves praise for treating its sexuality in a mature and frank way. Adults have sex. This movie doesn't apologize for that, but it doesn't simply titillate for titillation's sake either. It's a level of honesty that makes all those movies where the girl keeps the sheet pulled up over her breasts post-coitus look all the sillier. And I must give major props for a scene -- which I won't spoil -- where Jamie and Maggie share a moment that I'd bet almost every sexually active couple has been through, but which I've never seen acknowledged onscreen before. We LOL'd.
Love and Other Drugs hits Blu-ray and DVD March 1st. From the press release, it sounds like only the Blu-ray will be getting any bonus features, so you can add that to the list of reasons to pick up that version, right next to "high-def Anne Hathaway."
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