WTF. Ten minutes into Love & Other Drugs, and there hasn't been one hint of all that nudity I've heard so much about. Not one boob. Not one butt cheek. Not one ball. In fact, there hasn't even been an Anne Hathaway sighting, clothed or otherwise. Crap. Now I'm gonna have to review this movie based on its other merits. Like how good or bad a movie it is. And so far...
Not great. All this movie is doing is begging us to like it. Everything about it is trying to tell us how totally cool it is. Jake Gyllenhaal's character is just dreamy. And hip. And cool. And sexy. Everything he says or does turns on the womenses. But I don't buy any of it. It's not that Jake Gyllenhaal isn't cool or sexy. He is. Even I can admit that. But this movie actually tries so hard to make him look cool that it actually ends up achieving the very opposite. He's a complete dork who's in love with himself, you can just tell by his "Man, I'm sooooo cool" smile that he wears like a crown. Nope, I'm not buying it.
This scene did not occur in the first ten minutes of the movie. It accounts for at least half of the extra star I added in the follow-up rating.
The scenes with Jake's family are not at all believable. The dinner conversation is not like any group of people speaks. Everyone sounds like a cool, hip, witty, way-too-researched screenplay. And his brother is a loser schlub who's supposedly a millionaire, and that's not believable either. Partly cuz he's played by that guy you've seen recently that looks exactly like Jack Black except is somehow even less attractive, but you don't know his name. Nobody does. But boy, how he wants to be JB! In fact, Jack Black might've actually made this role memorable and funny before he became famous.
And here's the other half.
Needless to say, I'm not impressed. Even the music sucks, but I'll leave that to Jess, cuz I guarantee she's gonna go off on it. I mean, the only two songs so far have been the Spin Doctors and the Macarena. Ouch, Jess is gonna have a field day. I'm gonna keep watching, cuz I know there's gonna be nudity. But that's about all I'm watching for.
The movie does get better. There are still a bunch of flaws and stuff, and both Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway's characters act pretty odd and out of character sometimes, but they are good enough actors to keep us interested in their relationship and enjoy watching them. And Anne Hathaway has nice boobs. So that's cool.
OH, GOD!!!! WHAT MOVIE OPENS WITH THE FUCKING SPIN DOCTORS??!! At least it's being used in a sarcastic way, but still. Okay, sorry, I've calmed down. The Spin Doctors just have that affect on me.
I see Judy Greer is in this. Twenty bucks says she plays the snarky-yet-lovable best friend of a hot girl. Will someone please give that girl a different role? Ah, I also see that they couldn't get Johah Hill to play Jake Gyllentdfjdlksjfdlhal's brother.
Are there other movies about pharmaceutical reps? How are they going to make this interesting? Oh yeah, I forgot, he is going to get hooked on pills, just like he's hooked on the ladies. I wonder what other boring professions would make for an interesting film? Actually, now that I think about it, Up in the Air, The Informant... Maybe I need to hang around people with boring jobs? It seems that they are the interesting ones. I'm going to find me an insurance salesman mixer.
OH, GOD! Now they are playing The Macarena. This is record breaking. This film has the worst music in the first ten minutes of a movie in cinematic history.
Back to the movie. I am, of course, going to watch the rest of it, as I have a soft spot for corporate America and pills. It does seem like it's going to be interesting. I am a Jake Gylenthaktldsrhdlll fan. Also, I hear there is a lot of nudity so...
Bri: Congrats, no sleepy sleepy!
Okay, so it was a love story all of a sudden. I'm just happy that they didn't play the Spin Doctors again. I will give it three stars for this fact alone.