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Saturday, November 13, 2010

LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS

By D.E.Levine

Director: Edward Zwick
Writer: Charles Randolph, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz (screenplay); Jamie Reidy (book)
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Josh Gad, Gabriel Macht, Judy Greer, George Segal, Jill Clayburgh, Kate Jennings Grant, Katheryn Winnick, Kimberly Scott, Natalie Gold et al.
Producers: Pieter Jan Brugge, Marshall Herskovitz, Charles Randolph, Scott Stuber and Edward Zwick
Executive Producer: Margaret Riley
Associate Producers: Darin Rivetti and Troy Putney
Production Executive: Alexa Faigen
Original Music: James Newton Howard
Running Time: 113 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Love and Other Drugs is an interesting film in that while being a romantic comedy it also tackles the very serious problem of Parkinson's Disease.

Perhaps the fact that Michael J. Fox is thanked on the end credits points out that the research into and knowledge about the disease is realistic.

Set in the 1990s the film follows a young man navigating the pharmaceutical industry as a Pfizer representative.

While fighting his way out of Pittsburgh to a job in Chicago this young man learns the trade, outwits the competition, smooth talks and bribes the client doctors and falls for an attractive young woman.

Despite an abundance of nudity and sex, the two are careful not to fall in love because she's in the early stages of Parkinson's.

Although they have a torrid romance going, we see the struggles she faces when the tremors in her hands prevent her from working or the pharmacy is closed and she can't get her medication.

Determined to find a cure, the pharmaceutical rep who's now successfully marketing Viagra, spends his time and money flying his girlfriend all over the country for consultations and tests.

Even though they agreed not to fall in love, they do and instead of running away from the problem, the arrogant good looking sales rep shoulders responsibility in an admirable fashion.

How they face their emotional needs and her growing medical problems develops into a tender love story with a surprise ending.

The film is amusing and funny with a strong undercurrent of serious issues about medical problems and complications.