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Side Effects (2005)

Side Effects (2005)

Side Effects




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Side Effects, a semi-autobiographical comedy by neophyte writer-director Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, stars Katherine Heigl (My Father the Hero, The Ringer) as Karly Hert, an employee for a major pharmaceutical house, who deeply values her position at the firm but gently questions company ethics. She meets and falls for Zach (Lucian McAfee who works for a week as a sales rep for Karly's firm before he becomes totally disgusted with shaky corporate mores and books it to head out into the country and build his own house. Karly is ready to follow him, until the money starts rolling in. Soon, Karly and Zach run into a head-to-head conflict of values, and Karly is forced to choose between the company and her new beau. Side Effects co-stars Dorian de Michele and Dave Durbin.more
Rating: R (for momentary language and brief sexuality)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 24, 2009


Katherine Heigl
as Karly Hert
Dorian DeMichele
as Jacqueline
Sandy Adell
as Dr. Jones
David M. Ames
as Dr. Jakobs
John Apple
as Plant Manager
Ron Baumgartner
as Business Man
Bill Bolz
as Scary Man
Stacy Brickson
as Dr. Collins
Nathan Caracter
as Recruiter
Tom Christianson
as Dr. Michaels
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Critic Reviews for Side Effects

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

A bad movie on a vital topic.

Full Review… | May 11, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

While Slattery-Moschkau is obviously coming from a very earnest place -- a card before the final credits compares the annual budget for the pharmaceutical industry to that of her own film -- it doesn't make the overall effort any less clumsy.

Full Review… | May 11, 2006
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Spectacularly lame dialogue, stilted direction, amateurish production values and a soundtrack that distracts from the film as a whole.

Full Review… | May 4, 2006
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 30, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

of all the people affected by big drug company scams, do we really care about the ethical dilemmas faced by gorgeous salespeople?

Full Review… | May 19, 2006
Los Angeles CityBeat

This is an agitprop effort to get viewers to think about the side effects of one industry's profit motive and how that affects consumers.

December 15, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Audience Reviews for Side Effects

I don't think this would be for everyone. It is kind of slow, and anyone expecting a usual Katherine Heigl chick flick type movie will be sorely disappointed. However, having been unfortunate enough to have spent some time working in a pharmacy, this really rang true to me about drug companies and how they manipulate people. It's obviously very low budget, but the acting is good, and it is thought provoking.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

This movie was very cute. Heigl as a sell out pharmaceutical seller is great fun to watch. I love her romance with her ex-coworker - they are the cutest couple in a low budget movie. I love chick flicks with happy endings and any movie that ends by sticking it to the man, This movie has both and kept me entertained the whole time.

Heather Metzger

I'm hoping that Heigl did this before Grey's Anatomy, or at least before it was really popular. The editing was really bad for this movie, lots of audio problems and some really bad continuity. The pacing is really slow for the begining of the movie and it takes more than half way through for it to get to the point. After the end titles you begin to think that it's a glorified propoganda movie for the drug companies complete with web site.

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