Why is every other movie releasing these days based on a book? Are screenwriters in Hollywood running out of original ideas?
The latest flick based on a non-fiction novel, Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman written by Jamie Reidy, is Love and Other Drugs directed by Edward Zwick, who also directed Legends of the Fall and The Last Samurai. The plot revolves around Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway). Jamie is a pharmaceutical salesman, who works for the pharmaceutical compnay, Pfizer. His professional life takes a boost when Pfizer develops Viagra and his love life takes a boost when he meets Maggie at a doctor's office. However, how will any romantic comedy be complete without conflict between the two main characters?
Every rom-com has the same formulaic plot whereby boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, a conflict between boy and girl causes drama, boy and girl resolve conflict and live happily ever after. So what conflict will cause drama in Jamie and Maggie's love life? Will they be able to resolve this conflict and live happily ever after? Watch and find out.
Gyllenhaal is extremely sexy and adorable in the movie and shares great onscreen chemistry with Hathaway, who gives a remarkable performance. Josh Gad, who plays the role of Jamie's brother, Josh Randall, is extremely funny.
Apart for the nudity, which was a little too much for my taste, I enjoyed the film because it was charming, funny, and romantic as every rom-com should rightfully be. I recommend it for all rom-com lovers. So don't wait for the DVD to come out, go spend $9 or $12 and watch it.