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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

"Love and Other Drugs". Mistakes, misshapes, mistakes

Love and Other Drugs
Still trying to figure out what was the point of the movie. Gyllenhaal's role (Jamie), very far from the romantic-comedy hero, had potential. And the same applies to the satirical tone of the movie at the beginning, being a curious insight to the pharmaceutical industry. So when the starring couple meet each other, the relationship between them is attractive and challenging (I don't see what's the issue about the nude/sex scenes by the way, there's nothing so remarkable on them) but sadly the feeling doesn't last long.

The chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway (Maggie) is dubious, the sub-plot about the pharmacies is left aside with the exception of a couple of -gross- jokes (yes, about viagra), the supporting cast doesn't help because their roles are plain and silly (special mention to Jamie's brother, unnecessary and topical), and the love story suffers badly from the "Sweet November syndrome", but with an added handicap: "Love and Other Drugs" intends to be a comedy. But its not funny. The attempt of mixing drama with comedy and social analysis results in a movie with serious problems in what regards to tone, rhythm and coherency. It goes nowhere.

SCORE: 3/10

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