Love and Other Drugs is quite an unusual film. At first it comes out as a romantic comedy but turns out to be deep drama.
The film has a mixed feel to it. The script seems to hurriedly done but the director pulled it off. The film has a great ensemble as well as a good 90’s soundtrack. The film showcases the great chemistry between Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway. Both actors are good performers on their own but they shine when they are together. Gyllenhaal gives his all as a womanizing, no care in world pharmaceutical agent of Phyzer. He shows to the audience that he can sell the movie as well as sell the product he is trying to endorse. Anne Hathaway delivers a great performance as a Parkinson’s diagnosed young lady. Hathaway really has grown from princess roles to roles with depth. She portrays the role with great realism and passion while making us connect with her emotionally as well as being able to laugh with her along her troubled path.
Probably the thing for me that sort of brings the film down is that it is too long for its type. There are parts in the film which beats around the bush. Some scenes are just there for laughs and have nothing helpful to add to the film. At times, the film fails to let us know more about the characters. For me, it didn’t quite explore the life of Hathaway’s character before and after. Like what happened to the pictures she was making.
In all, the film is heart warming, fun, tragic and romantic. You will connect with the characters because you can at times relate to them. The soundtrack and score helps the film in guiding the emotions. The film delivers as a romantic comedy as well as a deep drama. The film may have been badly written, but it was wonderfully made. I give it 7 out of 10.