The film is set in 1996 and stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Jamie Randall, a smarmy, womanizing pharmaceutical rep trying to push Zoloft and Viagra in clinics around Ohio. While trying to schmooze one doc (Hank Azaria) he meets Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway), a free spirit with Parkinson’s who shares Jamie’s I-don’t-give-a-damn, let’s-have-sex-and-never-call-each-other-again attitude.
So of course, they fall in love with each other.
This is a standard rom-com. Boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy screws it all up, boy fixes it, boy and girl live happily ever after. It’s a harmless film and exactly what I expected going into it. (Except with a WHOLE lot more nakedness.)
I really like Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. They’re both good actors and I usually like they’re films. And here, they’re super adorable and would just make the cutest Homecoming King and Queen EVER. But, they weren’t right for these characters. They’re acting is fine and they have good chemistry together, but the boy and girl next door aren’t one-night stand kind of people. I can appreciate them trying to play against type but it didn’t work here.
The ending is textbook rom-com and Gyllenhaal’s final monologue to win her back is so predictable I could have recited it word-for-word along with him. All in all, it’s a sweet movie with some good laughs but doesn’t live up to it’s cast.
- Love & Other Drugs: Anatomy Lessons with Anne Hathaway (time.com)
- Jake Gyllenhaal now knows all about Viagra (hollywoodnews.com)
- Is That Really Jake Gyllenhaal’s Love Member? (queerty.com)
- Jake Gyllenhaal recommends getting in bed with Anne Hathaway (hollywoodnews.com)
- ‘Love and Other Drugs’: Adorable stars deserve better film (seattletimes.nwsource.com)