Love and Other Drugs (2010)

Saturday, March 05, 2011

When I saw the trailer of this movie I told myself, Heaven and Earth may collide but I will never pass up the chance of not watching any Jake Gyllenhaal movie and of course, by saying that, I am being biased. :) I love Anne Hathaway  too in the sense that she  brings sunshine in every role she portrays although there are times I think she was being such a whore but of course, character-wise I think she does it well.

Based on Jamie Reidy’s (2005) book, The Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman, this film is a comedy romance drama about a pharmaceutical salesman, Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) the hottie Jake Gyllenhaal yes, and he showed a lot of his body parts here, whose sales take a turn for the better when the sexual performance drug, Viagra, is released onto the market. He works as a drug representative for Pfizer in the late 1990s with Bruce, a veteran salesman (Oliver Platt), and they work the rounds of the hospital staff. Jamie sleeps with nearly every woman he can find. While targeting a well-known physician (Hank Azaria), he meets patient, Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway). After a one night stand with her, Jamie, who is a slick ladies’ man from way back, forms a relationship with Maggie.
Maggie is an artist(I totally love the way she conveys her emotions using her eyes), is a free spirit and very determined, she tells Jamie she is only interested in casual sex. Jamie takes advantage of that fact. The real reason behind Maggie’s actions is that she doesn’t want to complicate her life with any commitments, and she has been bruised in the past. She has early-onset Parkinson’s disease. Her illness produces complications for the relationship, and comedy merges into serious drama when Jamie wants to do everything so that he can come up for a cure for Maggie’s disease. For different reasons, love and commitment aren’t easy for either of them, and the film tries all the time to balance drama against comic relief. Eventually, Jamie and Maggie decide to make a go of it, and they form a permanent attachment.

I must say that this movie is a grown up movie, with all of those love scenes and boob don’t bother watching this ok?:) I have a lot of realizations about this movie, like being ill really sucks. Being in love can also suck, despite the indescribable, life-affirming highs. As a film driven by the inevitable heartache that ensues when love and illness collide, Love and Other Drugs captured the essence of a couple struggling to make their relationship work even though in reality they know that they have to face a lot of low backs. And here I remember a lot of movie with a theme like this, who would ever forget A Walk To Remember, Sweet November, Nights in Rodanthe and more..
These movies have tapped our emotions one way or the other and why wouldn’t you cry? I doubt if I was ever in that position of living someone and finally have found that someone then in the end, he/she is gonna leave you anyway? what’s the point of meeting that person anyway? but of course, destiny will always answer this questions.. Then, I feel for those whom have to deal with Parkinson’s disease everyday of their lives, Parkinsons is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that impairs motor skills and other related to it which results to slow movement, tremors, instability, and dementia. When Maggie attended this convention wherein People who also have Parkinson’s are sharing their experiences, I was laughing & I want to cry all at the same time, they make jokes out of their experiences but we all know that having that condition is really hard.
Now, the question is..Have you found your very own Jamie Reidy? who will stand by you even though you are so sick or so pessimistic that not even your parents can stand the sight of you? I hope I’ll meet mine soon or maybe that person is just around the corner.

I use to worry alot about who I would be when I grew up. How much money I would make or someday I would become some big deal. Sometimes the thing you most want doesn’t happen. Sometimes the thing you never expect often does. You meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you. Then you meet one person and your life is changed forever.

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