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Love & Other Drugs (2010)

by on February 13, 2012

Well, seeing as how I don’t watch a lot of movies and I watched about 7 in total this past weekend I figure I could review one of them today. Half of them were kids movies and for one of them I had to listen to my younger sister quote word for word the entire Harry Potter movie. But, see, my dad recently bought me a very nice TV and after not having owned a TV for a year, I have some catching up to do. And, oh my — PVR? I had heard — I mean, people raved — but, I had no idea that — it’s just, like, so awesome.

Anyways, it’s the month of love or something like that so I thought the romantic comedy Love & Other Drugs might be a good way to end the weekend. The movie is actually based on a book called Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy and, yeah, I broke my rule and watched the movie before reading the book. But, to be honest, I’d rather watch a movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway than read a non-fiction book about a Viagra salesman.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jamie Randall who, after being fired from his job as an electronics salesman for sleeping with his co-worker’s girlfriend, decides to enter the world of pharmaceutical sales by selling drugs for the Pfizer corporation in the 1990’s. He’s already a lover of women but realizes to get ahead and succeed in filling his quota he needs to start upping his game. Flirtation, flowers, and affairs ensue as he starts to get more doctors prescribing Zoloft and then, later, Viagra. Along the way, he meets a woman named Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway) who has stage 1 Parkinson’s disease. They begin a passionate relationship that turns rocky as they both struggle to cope with that drug called love.


Anne Hathaway had such good hair in this movie

Maggie knows that there is no cure for Parkinson’s and eventually she’s going to need a lot of help. She has more good days than bad but sometimes her bad days are really bad. I don’t believe that love is equally split right down the middle and Maggie knows it can’t be for her and Jamie. She is eventually going to need Jamie more than he needs her and it is that off kilter balance that threatens to tear them apart. They laugh together, they have fun together, they like each other probably even love each other but they just can’t see past this one point. They’re supposed to take care of one another but is it fair that one of them will need more taking care of than the other?

I think the lesson here is that people need people. You can be as independent as you want but everybody needs somebody to take care of them sometimes. What Maggie didn’t realize was that Jamie needed her just as much as she needed him maybe not in the same exact way but that didn’t mean his needs were of any less importance than hers. I think people want to give love just as much as they want it in return and yeah some people need more TLC than others but love isn’t measurable and maybe that’s where so many people get it wrong because they’re trying to quantify something that can’t be quantified.

I liked this movie and would definitely recommend it. If love is a drug then it must be a hallucinogen and if it’s not then it’s a pair of rose colored glasses, for when you’re in love your perception changes and everything seems brighter — or so I’ve heard. It’s just dealing with the lows that come off of the highs that some people don’t know how to handle and I think that’s the message I got.

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