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.
R (for momentary language and brief sexuality)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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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
Collin Spencer
as T. Bates
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.

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

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 18, 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

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

Full Review… | December 8, 2005
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Audience Reviews for Side Effects


A scathing demonstration of the creeping corruption a fat payday inspired. How an honest, well meaning person can become a liar for cash, and how truth can be just as deceptive when not the whole truth. Really, this movie is 60% fresh, but Heigl, in her prime, in bra and panties, jumping on her bed for ten minutes of the movie, is, for anyone who enjoys a healthy female form, delightful.

Johnny Civil
Johnny Civil

A very interesting look inside the pharmaceutical industry, but what keeps this chick flick from hitting it's mark are the bad, sometimes strange acting and the gross directing from Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau. Good for women i guess and some men might find it somewhat interesting but it's nothing memorable or worth watching a second time, probably good for a date night at best.

Ken Cruiser
Ken Cruiser

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
Heather Metzger

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