Monday, November 29, 2010

Spoiler-free review of "Love and Other Drugs"

I finally saw Love and Other Drugs this weekend! (My journalism professors always taught me not to use exclamation points in my writing but I am so excited that I had to break the rule).

But my professors also told me to be upfront and honest about any biases so before I get too far into the review, here's my full disclosure: I totally intend on marrying Jake Gyllenhaal some day (you may remember a certain blog post where I declared these intentions to the world). As soon as our wedding is over, I am devoting my life to becoming best friends forever and ever with Anne Hathaway. So yeah, I may be a little biased about the greatness of their new movie, Love and Other Drugs.

Okay, now on with the review. This movie is adorable, but a little heart-breaking at the same time. Yes, it's a romantic comedy but even my boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed it, and not just because there were lots of boobies. (Don't worry though - for every boob shot, there's some naked Jake to satisfy all the ladies and gay men, of course). I'm not going to get too hung up on the nudity here though, because if you read any other reviews of this movie, that's pretty much all they talk about. Yes, it's there but there's more to this movie than hot bodies.

What the reviews don't discuss is how deeply moving the story is. Maggie (Anne Hathaway), struggles with stage 1 Parkinson's Disease. One particular scene, with Maggie off her meds, made me tear up a little and I (almost) never cry at movies. Another scene involving Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) at a Parkinson's convention is possibly one of the most powerful scenes of the film. I'm staying vague here because I promised to be spoiler-free, but the point I'm trying to make is that the Parkinson's aspect of the film is seriously played down in the trailers but it is ultimately what differentiates Love and Other Drugs from other Hugh Grant types of chick flicks.
Jake and Anne being adorable, as usual.

But let's not forget about how hilarious this movie manages to be, despite all the tears and emotion. As a diehard Jake fan, I've watched him play characters that are vulnerable, like to brood and often commit suicide. He plays those dark roles wonderfully but it is so refreshing to see him unleashing his whacky sense of humor as a suave ladies man. I hope we see this side of him a bit more frequently now. And of course, Anne is as fabulous as always. The fact that this movie is basically a 90s period piece also allows for some good jokes; the opening scene involves a Spin Doctors' song and Jamie selling boom boxes, and it only gets better from there (we're talking pagers, Viagra, a quick shot of Jake doing the macarena and a rockin' soundtrack).

Josh Gad (left) was hilarious as Jamie's brother, but let's be real here: they're really supposed to be related? Did the casting director have eyes?

Sure, there are a few clich├ęs throughout the film but the overall fresh take on love, the fantastic cast and the emotional story make it completely worthwhile. Love and Other Drugs is bittersweet, and it will make you laugh, cry and totally wish Anne and Jake would date in real life.

Yeah that's right, don't even try to tell me this isn't worth 9 bucks.

1 comment:

  1. You convinced me!! I'm so excited to see this. Loved this review :) Lol to your full disclosure and your comment about Jake's supposed brother. You're silly, Chrisanne Grise, and I like it.