Up in the Air. That’s what Love and Other Drugs should be and isn’t.
Remember that the George Clooney flick dug deeply into corporate downsizing. The great writing of Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner and Reitman’s exceptional storytelling of made you think, made you feel.
This is where Love and Other Drugs should have gone. The potential is certainly there.
Based on Jamie Reidy’s book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman the film starts out as an expose of the intense competition among pharmaceutical companies who push, push, push their drugs on doctors and hospitals to optimize profits. Drugs pushed this way ought not be a drag.
Reidy’s story is also quite funny. He’s not only a womanizing master of sales, but he’s also a master at dodging work. Great premise. The hard push to sell Viagra and other drugs has the possibility of heading in a number of unique and meaningful directions.
Director Edward Zwick and writer Charles Randolph ( The Interpreter) apparently don’t think meaningful is enough. So they water it down and morph Love and Other Drugs from the very interesting “true” story into a fictional love story.
Great acting and some sizzling romantic scenes from Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway do make the love story riveting.
But it’s a different kind of drug and one detracts from the much more interesting topic.
Mr. Movie rating: 3 stars
Rated R for nudity, language and mature themes. It is playing at Regal’s Columbia Center 8 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.