Sunday, January 16, 2011

Love and Other Drugs

Love and Other Drugs is a 2010 comedy-drama film directed by Edward Zwick, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, based on the non-fiction book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy. 

Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone - or anything - tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), 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. Written by Twentieth Century 

The Trailer

Love and Other Drugs
a man and a woman in bed
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEdward Zwick
Produced byEdward Zwick
Scott Stuber
Marshall Herskovitz
Charles Randolph
Pieter Jan Brugge
Screenplay byEdward Zwick
Charles Randolph
Marshall Herskovitz
Based onHard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by
Jamie Reidy
StarringJake Gyllenhaal
Anne Hathaway
Music byJames Newton Howard
CinematographySteven Fierberg
Editing bySteven Rosenblum
StudioRegency Enterprises
New Regency
Stuber Pictures
Bedford Falls
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date(s)November 24, 2010
Running time112 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$30 million
Gross revenue$54,564,109

The Plot

It is the 1990s and Jamie (Gyllenhaal) works in an electronics store. He is talking females into buying phones and stereos while flirting with the store owner’s girlfriend. Jamie and the owner’s girlfriend sneak into the back to have sex. While having sex, the girlfriend's cell phone accidentally dials the owner who discovers what they are doing and fires Jamie.
Later that night Jamie is at his parents' house for dinner. His brother Josh brings up Jamie getting fired, and the family criticizes him for dropping out of medical school. Jamie says that Josh is going to help him get set up as a pharmaceutical sales representative.
Jamie goes to work for Pfizer and tries to get doctors to prescribe Zoloft and Zithromax. He is rebuffed constantly much to the dismay of his partner Bruce (Platt) who sees Jamie as his ticket to the "big leagues" of Chicago. Bruce tells Jamie if he can get Dr. Knight (Azaria) to prescribe Zoloft instead of Prozac, all the other doctors will follow his lead. After trying to chat Knight up several times, Jamie flirts with his receptionists and sneaks into the back to steal all of the Prozac samples and throw them in the dumpster.  [Read More]

Lines from the Movie:
Maggie Murdock: What's your game? 
Jamie Randall: My game? 
Maggie Murdock: Oh I'm sorry. Right. This is the part where we talk about where we come from and what we majored in in college. 
Jamie Randall: You have beautiful eyes. 
Maggie Murdock: That's it? That's the best you got? 
Jamie Randall: I'm serious. They're beautiful. 
Maggie Murdock: Let's go. 
Jamie Randall: Excuse me? 
Maggie Murdock: You want to close right? You want to get laid? 
Jamie Randall: Now? 
Maggie Murdock: Oh right, right, right. I'm supposed to act like I don't know if it's right. So then you tell me that there is no right or wrong. It's just the moment. And then I tell you that I can't while actually signalling to you that I can, which you don't need because you're not really listening. Because this isn't about connection for you. This isn't even about sex for you. This is about finding an hour or two of relief from the pain of being you. And that's fine with me, see, because all I want is the exact same thing. 



love, now and always, 

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