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Love and Other Drugs

Eight months after health-care reform was signed into law, 20th Century Fox courageously weighs in with a watered-down satire of the pharmaceutical industry, adapted from Jamie Reidy's 2005 memoir Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman. Jake Gyllenhaal is a slimy sales rep for Pfizer whose already bulging wallet fattens exponentially after his company debuts its magic erection pill; Anne Hathaway is his love interest, a poor artist getting even poorer as she tries to pay for treatment of her early-onset Parkinson's. Their heavy-humping romance dominates the movie, allowing for liberal doses of snickering sex comedy and disease-of-the-week schmaltz. Screenwriters Edward Zwick, Charles Randolph, and Marshall Herskovitz make just enough of a nod to the deforming power of Big Pharma to now expect credit for having tackled the issue. I guess there are some limp dicks no pill can cure. Zwick directed; with Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, and Josh Gad.

Credits

Director:

  • Edward Zwick

Cast:

  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Oliver Platt
  • Hank Azaria
  • Josh Gad
  • Gabriel Macht
  • Judy Greer
  • Jill Clayburgh
  • George Segal
  • Kate Jennings Grant
  • Katheryn Winnick
  • Kimberly Scott
  • Nikki Deloach
  • Natalie Gold

Producers:

  • Scott Stuber
  • Edward Zwick
  • Marshall Herskovitz
  • Charles Randolph
  • Pieter Jan Brugge
  • Arnon Milchan
  • Margaret Riley

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