Thursday, 21 April 2011

Love and Other Drugs

I wanted to watch Love and Other Drugs ever since I saw the stickers for the movie on when it first came out last year. I also wasn't expecting the movie to be shown here too, so it was a nice surprise to find out that it is. So I used the free movie voucher I had and I didn't have to pay extra when I collected my online reservation (yay). I then decided to splurge on a small drink and popcorn combo, just because it's been awhile.

love-and-other-drugsImage by TZA via Flickr

The movie is based on the book, Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy but very loosely. 

I don't usually watch romantic dramas and I don't watch too many of those, but it is Gyllenhaal and Hathaway's second paired up movie together since Brokeback Mountain. Have I mentioned that I'm a sucker for Anne Hathaway? (Gyllenhaal doesn't do it for me personally, even though he's my type)

It's a love story set in the 90s, during Viagra's boom time and of the pharmaceutical industry. He's a womanising Pfizer rep and she's an artist with early onset Parkinson's disease. They fall in love, she dumps him, they mope, get together again, yada yada. If you're expecting to be enlightened about the pharmaceutical industry here, then you're watching the wrong genre of film.

Because this is still Malaysia after all, the "sex" (yes, using the word loosely here) and nudity bits are cut out - but of course if you really want to see for yourself, there's always the Interwebs. I wouldn't want to see Josh Gad spanking the monkey, though.

The movie has its flaws and its laugh out loud moments, but I liked it. Better than I did Prince of Persia, anyway :P 

Maybe it's the hormones talking. It's really up to you whether you want to watch this or not. Here's the trailer:

Random thoughts:
  • Didn't Jill Clayburgh pass away recently?
  • Glad to hear Hank Azaria with his actual speaking voice for once... or is it?
  • Him dumping the rival drug rep's samples into the dumpster and the homeless guy picking it up is hilarious.
  • Josh Gad as the comic relief sibling - he's his moments, but meh.
  • How is it that she can afford her place and art supplies and work in the coffee shop? Standard of living there must be better than I thought :P