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Love and Other Drugs

Rated R 113 minutes 2010

Eight months after health-care reform was signed into law, 20th Century Fox courageously weighs in with a watered-down satire of the pharmaceutical industry, adapted from Jamie Reidy's 2005 memoir Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman. Jake Gyllenhaal is a slimy sales rep for Pfizer whose already bulging wallet fattens exponentially after his company debuts its magic erection pill; Anne Hathaway is his love interest, a poor artist getting even poorer as she tries to pay for treatment of her early-onset Parkinson's. Their heavy-humping romance dominates the movie, allowing for liberal doses of snickering sex comedy and disease-of-the-week schmaltz. Screenwriters Edward Zwick, Charles Randolph, and Marshall Herskovitz make just enough of a nod to the deforming power of Big Pharma to now expect credit for having tackled the issue. I guess there are some limp dicks no pill can cure. Zwick directed; with Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, and Josh Gad.

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Director: Edward Zwick

Producer: Scott Stuber, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Charles Randolph, Pieter Jan Brugge, Arnon Milchan and Margaret Riley

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Josh Gad, Gabriel Macht, Judy Greer, Jill Clayburgh, George Segal, Kate Jennings Grant, Katheryn Winnick, Kimberly Scott, Nikki Deloach and Natalie Gold

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