Side Effects (2005)
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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
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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.
Spectacularly lame dialogue, stilted direction, amateurish production values and a soundtrack that distracts from the film as a whole.
of all the people affected by big drug company scams, do we really care about the ethical dilemmas faced by gorgeous salespeople?
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.
It's when the film loses the laughs and turns into a heavy-handed melodrama in the third act that the film sputters.
This scrappy look at the pharmaceutical industry is a hard pill to swallow.
The material is all there to be a scathing, timely commentary on the pharmaceutical industry - when presented this way, it's a watered down version of the truth.
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