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Love and Other Drugs
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 16:14

Love and Other DrugsIt doesn’t get much hotter than Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal’s unabashed, and totally in the buff, sex scenes in Love and Other Drugs. This is one mainstream movie that doesn’t shy away from the adult side of romance but instead puts it front and center; no ambient lighting or elevator music, just sexual energy and connection. Of course that connection develops throughout the film into a real relationship as these two try to navigate an unexpected romance.

Naked bitsI guess I would call this a “dramedy” since it combines a lot of laughs with a few tears and tries to get everything in between. Because of this Love and Other Drugs is lacking a bit in direction  but two very likeable performances help make it more involving and entertaining.

Hathaway and GyllenhaalJake Gyllenhaal plays Jamie Randall, a born salesman who can sell anything from electronics to his own charming self; especially when he can charm the pants off a prospective female client. He finds his calling as a pharmaceutical rep and just happens to land the Viagra account – a match made in heaven. When he meets Maggie (Anne Hathaway) both of them are looking for nothing more than a fling. She is dealing with the early onset of Parkinson’s Disease and the two have to come to terms with what that means for their budding relationship.

It’s great to see an adult romantic film as a refreshing change from all the teenagers and their love lives. You can imagine that Viagra jokes provide their share of juvenile humor, but that is only an entertaining vehicle for the more heavyweight love story at the heart of this film. Any uneven storytelling is saved by great performances and genuinely sexy (and uninhibited) love scenes.


Directed by Edward Zwick, Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.

Based on the book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy.