Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mini-review: 'Love and Other Drugs'

Sometimes movies can sneak up on you.

Most times they are stinkers, say like "Sucker Punch."

But, I've had some great luck with movies lately and the streak continues with "Love and Other Drugs."

The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a drug rep who meets and slowly falls for a woman, played by Anne Hathaway, who we learn has early onset Parkinson's disease.

At first it's just about sex for both. She goes wild because her condition will get so bad she'll be severely disabled. He's just a ladies man.

The first thing that stands out is the graphic sex and nudity. When the first sex scene happened I was a bit taken back by how frantic it was. And both stars are not shy about showing off. Both stars show off a lot, even co-star Josh Gad gets into the act.

One great thing about the film is the chemistry. Gyllenhaal and Hathway are magic together. I could watch them in every movie together. Gyllenhaal also has great chemistry with Gad, who plays his younger brother. Brothers will get how realistic their relationship is when they start fighting and hitting each other.

Most surprising is the film's director: Edward Zwick. You might have heard of him, he directed such dramas as "The Last Samurai" (one of Stephanie's favorites), "Blood Diamond," "The Siege" and "Courage Under Fire."

It's a funny, touching, romantic film that is worth a view. If nothing else, head to a Redbox and rent it for $1. Don't let the nudity put you off, you'll truly enjoy this film.

In my top list of 2010, "Love and Other Drugs" takes the No. 10 spot from "Morning Glory" and is right behind "The Fighter."

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