Love and Other Drugs

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It's a pleasure to see Hollywood produce a romance this refreshingly adult, but Love and Other Drugs struggles to find a balance between its disparate plot elements.



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Maggie is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie, whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. Based on Jamie Reidy's memoir "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman."


Jake Gyllenhaal
as Jamie Randall
Anne Hathaway
as Maggie Murdock
Oliver Platt
as Bruce Winston
Hank Azaria
as Dr. Stan Knight
Ray Godshall Sr.
as Friendly Senior
Josh Gad
as Josh Randall
Gabriel Macht
as Trey Hannigan
George Segal
as Dr. James Randall
Jill Clayburgh
as Nancy Randall
Peter Friedman
as California Man
Natalie Gold
as Dr. Helen Randall
Lucy Roucis
as Un-Convention Parkinson's Speaker
Michael Buffer
as Pfizer Convention MC
Ian Harding
as Pfizer Trainee #1
Josh Breslow
as Pfizer Trainee #2
Ian Novick
as Pfizer Trainee #3
Tess Soltau
as Pfizer Trainee #4
Constance Brenneman
as Pfizer Trainee #5
Nicole Thomas
as Prizer Trainee #6
Jasper Soffer
as Pfizer Trainee #7
Kwame Rakes
as Doctor in Parking Lot
Scott Cohen
as Ted Goldstein
Sharon Wilkins
as La Boheme Receptionist
Brian Hutchison
as Homeless Man
Dana Dancho
as Smiling Receptionist
Lisa Ann Goldsmith
as Nurse Janice
Rick Applegate
as Viagra Doctor
Ray Godshall Jr.
as Friendly Senior
Jean Zarzour
as Viagra Sample Nurse
Harry O'Toole
as Man With Walker
Jennifer Delaeo
as Viagra Receptionist
Deidre Goodwin
as Viagra Nurse #1
Geneva Carr
as Viagra Nurse #2
Patricia Cray
as Kindly-Looking Woman
Brian E. Jay
as Himself
Judy Pergl
as Herself
Kim Cagni
as Herself
as Herself
Kristin Spatafore
as Convention Girl #1
Larissa S. Emanuele
as Convention Girl #2
Loretta Higgins
as PET Scan Doctor
Kimberly M. Rizzo
as Front Desk Receptionist
Jason Bernard
as Quack Doctor
Nicole Perrone
as Determined Receptionist
Teri Clark Linden
as ER Receptionist
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Critic Reviews for Love and Other Drugs

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  • Eight months after health-care reform was signed into law, Universal Pictures courageously weighs in with a watered-down satire of the pharmaceutical industry.

    Jan 4, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The two narrative strands don't quite mesh, and the movie stumbles badly when trying to effect the redemption of Randall through love.

    Jan 3, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

    Philip French

    Top Critic
  • Ultimately, the unsettled tone undermines the romantic conclusion. Still, you've got to admire the ambition it shares with its cocky hero.

    Dec 27, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • By no means perfect, but Gyllenhaal and Hathaway are a match made in heaven.

    Dec 27, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • They gaze intently at each other a lot. Is that all it takes? Maybe. A useful date movie, then.

    Dec 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Avoid this sickly-sweet, dishonest nonsense.

    Dec 23, 2010 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love and Other Drugs

  • Jul 08, 2019
    The chemistry between pharma salesman Jake Gyllenhaal and Parkinson's patient Anne Hathaway is there. Unfortunately, the script suffers from typical Hollywood-y love stories: predictable, overly manipulative and uninteresting subplot.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2015
    funny and nice change for a romantic comedy, real topic that has a deeper meaning.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2015
    Love and Other Drugs Novel in some respects, but simplistic in others, Love and Other Drugs works as a romantic comedy, though it sometimes get lost in what it seemingly aspires to do--namely act as a satire on the pharmaceutical industry. It's generally funny, at least amusing, and the chemistry and comedic dynamic between Gyllenhaal and Hathaway keep the film engaging. Where the film fails is in the character of Josh Randall, played by Josh Gad, whose antics are so over-the-top and so over-played so as to mute his character of any real substance. He's obnoxious for the sake of obnoxious, which is in contrast to the rest of the film which has more mature overtones. The satire of the pharmaceutical industry is also shallow, not taking the serious repercussions of these drugs seriously. Yes, it's a comedy, but when it wants to explore matters of life and death, a more nuanced take on the industry would seem appropriate. 3/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2014
    It's Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway together again, ostensibly because Gyllenhaal and Hathaway compensating for the shortage on female nudity and what have you in "Brokeback Mountain". Looking at it that way, this is by no means a chick flick, and is more like an apology to people who wanted Hathaway naked more in "Brokeback Mountain", and don't really deserve an apology if they're looking to this film as a worthy follow-up to "Brokeback Mountain". You know, I'd say that this is more like the sequel to "About Last Night...", but it's hard to think about a film which features both Jake Gyllenhaal and a title dealing with timing, and not think of "The Day After Tomorrow". It doesn't exactly help that this film is directed by Edward Zwick, but don't get too excited, folks, because this isn't another one of Zwick's cheesy epic melodramas, just one of this cheesy minimalist melodramas. I joke, but "About Last Night...", a 1980s romantic dramedy starring Rob Lowe and Demi Moore, is actually one of Zwick's less schmaltzy films, and ever since then, more than he's been building up his skills as an epic filmmaker, he's been building his experience as a cheesy filmmaker. It's easy to expect this film to be kind of lame, but once you see that R rating that reflects some guts, all the concerns wash away, or at least they do once you see what exactly got this film that R rating. Hey, I didn't say that I mind seeing Anne Hathaway naked, I just said that you shouldn't expect this film to be nearly as good as "Brokeback Mountain", as it has issues that Hathaway naked can't completely get you to forget. I don't really want to keep comparing this film to "About Last Night...", but it too flirts with a two-hour runtime that is hardly justified, achieved largely through meandering material that is at its most aggravating early on, when the film takes forever to incorporate Anne Hathaway's Maggie Murdock character, yet still shakes the focal consistency of the final product's body to an aimless degree. Tonal inconsistency, while not as big of an issue, is also an issue, for although the film never takes itself too seriously, neither does it take itself too lightly, and rather than finding a tonal balance, it struggles to keep focused on its bite and consequentiality as a comedy-drama. Of course, it's not as though the dramatics aren't also fluffed up at times, by melodramatics that is seen in writing which has improbable characterization attributes, and in direction whose genuineness is challenged by cloying occasions that, while still somehow not as overwrought as certain sentimental storytelling touches within Edward Zwick's more dramatically weighty, maybe even generally superior efforts, cheese things up, ostensibly in an attempt to milk the dramatic core for all its worth. Alas, no matter how hard Zwick works, he can't quite overcome shortcomings of a natural persuasion, which limit dramatic potential with near-fluffy inconsequentiality that is hard to disregard as rather lazy when accompanied by the usual tropes that plague dramatically minimal films of this type. I suppose there is something refreshing about the maturity of this Hollywood rom-com-dram, but beyond that, little is unique about this film, which hits trope after trope, until finally falling into predictability that is thinned down by all of the aforementioned dragging, until you can't help but focus on the other issues in this film of limited surprises to soak up. The film has its strengths, but it has just as many flaws, or at least simple shortcomings that make the final product underwhelming, through all of its ambitions. However, no matter how overdrawn, uneven, melodramatic and unconventional the film may be, the patient can expect plenty of highlights within a perfectly decent romantic comedy-drama, or at least within the perfectly decent soundtrack of a romantic comedy-drama. Not so much in the sense that it's predictable with its pieces, this film's soundtrack is very 1990s, with some beats from preceding eras, and there's a potential for plenty of mediocre material that is ultimately evaded for the sake of many a tune, both archived and composed for the film by James Newton Howard, that is entertaining by its own right, or at least played with in an entertaining fashion by Edward Zwick's sharp direction. Zwick has always been a thoroughly flawed director, but he is a talent, there's no denying that, and while this project isn't as grand as most of Zwick's other projects, it does have a style that plays upon anything from the aforementioned colorful soundtrack to Steven Rosenblum's snappy, if often busy (Oh boy, there are some glaring jump cuts) editing in order to liven things up, until thoughtfulness comes in, uncorrupted by sentimentality. As usual, Zwick doesn't incorporate a whole lot of dramatic storytelling touches without sentimentality, yet there are, in fact, more controlled moments which define the potential depths of this generally inconsequential drama. Often fluffy and dramatically minimalist, and even formulaic something serious, this film's story, even in concept, is lacking, but it does have potential, and it's easier to see that in this particular interpretation of conventional subject matter because of touches that are, in fact, refreshing in their inspiration and audacity. I suppose what makes the dated "About Last Night..." a superior Ed Zwick romantic dramedy is Tim Kazurinsky's and Denise DeClue's deliverance on a more clever, perhaps even more genuine script, although that's not to say that Zwick, Charles Randolph and Marshall Herskovitz don't drive much of this film with their own clever writing, whose sharp dialogue and humor entertain, while well-rounded characterization give you a greater grip on the human elements that most carry the film, that is, on the backs of the characters' portrayers. Most everyone in this solid cast delivers, with Josh Gad particularly standing out in the supporting cast with a delightfully overwhelming charm in the ambitious, yet still self-conscious and weird younger brother role, while the heart of the film is kept pumping by lead performances by the dashing Jake Gyllenhaal and the beautiful Anne Hathaway that go bonded by sparkling chemistry, bookended by solidly charismatic, if not dramatically strong individual performances. Gyllenhaal and Hathaway endear as much as anyone or anything in this film, and not even their enough to carry the potentially more memorable final product that far from underwhelmingness, yet they and everyone else does enough to craft a thoroughly charming and sometimes moving affair, despite lost potential. Once it's all worn off, a promising endeavor slips into underwhelmingness under the weight of an excessive length, inconsistencies in focus and tone, histrionics and clichés to the telling of a somewhat inconsequential tale, which still has value that is done enough justice by a colorful soundtrack, snappy and often thoughtful direction, clever scripting, and endearing performances by and chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway which make "Love & Other Drugs" a pretty decent and occasionally effective romantic dramedy, even though it could have been more. 2.5/5 - Fair
    Cameron J Super Reviewer

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