Last night, we found time to watch Love and Other Drugs starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Jake plays Jamie Randall, a smooth talking drug rep for Pfizer, who enjoys meaningless sex with ladies that are happy to return his enthusiasm. Jamie meets artist Maggie Murdock (played by Ms.Hathaway), who likes to have sex with Jamie but not necessarily maintain a relationship with him. Jamie and Maggie make love a lot. Up to this point, the story seems to run the usual romantic course: Boy meets girl. Boy has sex with girl (many, many times). The two resist falling in love. But resistance is futile.
What makes Love and Other Drugs more interesting, however, is the story behind the characters. At 26, Maggie has been diagnosed with Stage 1 Parkinson's disease, which is the reason why she prevents herself from making life altering commitments, i.e. falling in love. Maggie makes it appear that she is a confident woman who has come to terms with her disease. In truth, she is scared of both her future and the fact that she will need to be taken cared of because of it. Jamie, on the other hand, is complex in that he has no idea how smart, sexy (truedat!) and driven he really is. He needed to meet Maggie to realize this. So in a sense, Jamie and Maggie are meant for each other. They have needs that may be different but can only be filled by the other.
There are no twists in this movie. Naturally, Jamie becomes obsessed with finding a cure for Parkinson's. Maggie, thinking that Jamie shouldn't be dragged down by a sick person, drives Jamie away. The attraction is too strong, however, and the two eventually get back together.
But it isn't really the ending that makes Love and Other Drugs worth watching. It's the scenes and sub-plots that run throughout the movie that make you feel good. Not that I have a dirty, dirty mind but honestly, I liked the sex scenes and there are lots of them! Jamie and Maggie can't get their hands off each other! Apart from the fact that Jake Gyllenhaal is undeniably HOT, I think these scenes are the most truthful parts of the movie. Because in reality, that's what people who are madly in love do, right? They make love. Yikee.