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Side Effects (2005)

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 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.

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Cast

Katherine Heigl
as Karly Hert
Sandy Adell
as Dr. Jones
Dorian DeMichele
as Jacqueline
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 (9) | Top Critics (3)

A bad movie on a vital topic.

May 11, 2006 | Full Review…
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.

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

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

May 4, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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…
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 | Rating: 2.5/4
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 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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
Nicki Marie

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