Love & Other Drugs Movie Review
Three things you should know right now about Love & Other Drugs:
1. Jake Gyllenhaal is hot.
2. Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway are hot together.
3. This is one hot movie.
If you’ve had it with rom-coms – or let’s face it, your man refuses to go to anymore with you – Love & Other Drugs is definitely the cure.
When rom-coms let you down it’s because of ridiculous story lines, bad acting or schmaltz overkill. Director Edward Zwick has gone for something different, based on Jamie Reidy’s memoir Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman.
I have to say, I’ve never fancied Jake Gyllenhaal. Up until now. He’s like dessert for the eyes. No wonder People magazine just named him one of the sexiest men alive. Luckily he spends a lot of the movie not wearing very much.
I’ve been a fan of Anne’s for a long time (I’ve seen The Devil Wears Prada more times than probably she has) but she absolutely blossoms in this role. She’s completely natural and unselfconscious, which is a good thing because she too spends a lot of the movie naked.
I had a total “oh YEAH!” moment when I realised Jake and Anne had already been an onscreen couple five years back in Brokeback Mountain. And while they were brilliant together, the relationship between them was prickly, to say the least. Jake’s heart after all was elsewhere…
Jake and Anne’s chemistry is amazing. It’s unlike anything I can recall since, let’s think, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman? But even more so there’s a sexual chemistry between them that is so rare, and really brave for Hollywood. They’re hot and heavy and not hiding it. The two are completely comfortable together, that at times I thought I was just a fly on the wall in the love story of Jamie and Maggie.
Drugs is the name of the game for Jamie, every bit the sales shark, breaking all the rules (and hearts) as a pharmaceutical rep for Pfizer. He has his sights set one thing though, and it’s every reps’ golden ticket: Viagra. Ah, the 90s. Remember all those little blue pill jokes? Enter Maggie, a free spirit (with hair to die for) that’s up for a good time, and nothing more. Two players, and a match made in heaven. It doesn’t bother him that she has Parkinson’s, and that doesn’t get in her way of enjoying a steamy fling. At all hours of the day and night. I told you it’s a hot movie. There’s a hilarious scene where she comes to Jamie’s apartment one night unexpectedly wearing nothing but a coat. In true fling fashion, she drops her coat at the door, to Jamie’s amazement. And to his brother Josh’s amazement, who’s there bumming on the couch. (And Josh, played by Josh Gad, is one of the most hilarious, laugh-out-loud sidekicks in recent memory).
When they do come up for air, they realise there’s more to their brief encounters than they planned. Love. And that’s why this rom com works. The storytelling is very natural and well-written. The laughs are for real. As is the tenderness. It holds up a mirror to America’s flawed pill-popping culture. And it also ebbs nicely into some chin-quivering moments. Like when Jamie and Maggie face the very real question of ‘what happens if you get really sick’? You realise it’s a question every couple should be asking themselves: how exactly would you deal with the sickness portion of ‘in sickness and in health’?
Love is a rom-com that gets the romance and laughs spot on. It’s a movie to see with your friends, but it’s also a movie that’s perfect for date night. Just don’t let on how sexy Jake is with his shirt off.
Love & Other Drugs In Cinemas December 16
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