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Side Effects

Side Effects (2005)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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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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Drama, Romance, Comedy

Mar 24, 2009

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A bad movie on a vital topic.

May 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

May 11, 2006 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Spectacularly lame dialogue, stilted direction, amateurish production values and a soundtrack that distracts from the film as a whole.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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of all the people affected by big drug company scams, do we really care about the ethical dilemmas faced by gorgeous salespeople?

May 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles CityBeat
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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

It's when the film loses the laughs and turns into a heavy-handed melodrama in the third act that the film sputters.

December 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

This scrappy look at the pharmaceutical industry is a hard pill to swallow.

September 30, 2005
E! Online

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.

September 12, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com

With enough material for a nice short, Side Effects is stretched past the breaking point at ninety-nine minutes.

March 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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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.
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