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Love & Other Drugs - Review

JUST FRIENDS, THAT\'S ALL Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal get up close and personal in Love & Other Drugs

Love & Other Drugs is an old-fashioned romance-and-sickness pic, a publicity-grabbing sex pic, an Apatow-lite horny-boys pic, and a liberal satire on pharmaceutical-industry excesses committed in pursuit of pill sales — all in one. Each ingredient has its uses in treating a specific audience. But the side effects of such an unstable Drugs cocktail on a general population may include episodes of queasiness and loss of appetite.

Consider the case of Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) and Maggie (Anne Hathaway). It's 1996, and these two exorbitantly attractive singles meet kooky under conditions right up the alley of director and co-writer Edward Zwick, here harking back to the emotionally chewy content of TV series he used to produce, includingthirtysomething and My So-Called Life. Maggie is a freewheeling artist with stage 1 Parkinson's disease who doesn't let illness get in the way of a lusty bedroom life. In the tradition of the genre, the heroine's degenerative disease expresses itself discreetly, in a hand tremor, without marring her bohemian beauty.

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