Movie Review – Love and Other Drugs (2010)
Love and Other Drugs isn’t a romantic comedy, it’s a great movie. Filled with nuance in its acting and writing, it’s one that you should run out and see, now. Both the main characters are played with depth, complexity, and charm by Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathway, who grow for having met each other. The change in Hathaway’s character is burrowed beneath sad and poignant layers of life having screwed her over. There are laughs and they were always warranted even when writhing against the depressed sarcasm of Gyllenhaal’s character’s fat millionaire younger brother.
I don’t want to ruin any of the twists and turns, but it’s a movie about very believable characters overcoming the problems of their past and present, and how they can’t be the people they want to be without each other. It's not all lovey-dovey: there are some seriously powerful moments of tension, moments where these characters that you'll get attached to approach the brink of romantic destruction. Really, do I have to convince you more?
This movie probably won’t get the acclaim it deserves because it’s masquerading as genre film, but you will be enrapt by this superb production that shows Hollywood can still put on a romance flick with grit.