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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Love and other drugs - Alternative Format

Director: Edward Zwick
Release Date: November 2010
Part of a Series: No. Based on the non-fiction book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Jamie Reidy

Subject Heading(s):
  • Beautiful Women
  • Prescription Drug Abuse
  • Comedy  
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Doctors 
  • Selflessness
  • Family Relationships  
  • Unconditional Love
  • Parkinson’s Disease  
  • Viagra
Geographical Setting/
Time Period: Late 1990s- Ohio 

Main Character(s):
  • Jamie Randall: played by Jake Gyllenhall is a charming womanizer with a soft side.
  • Maggie Murdock: played by Anne Hathaway is a beautifully strong and independent woman battling Parkinson’s Disease.

Plot Summary: Jamie Randall lands his dream job as a pharmaceutical sales rep for Viagra. He is surrounded by beautiful women and luxury. After having a one night stand with Maggie who is battling Parkinson’s disease; he realizes that he is more caring and selfless than he thought possible.

Appeal: This movie combines drama with a lot of comedy, making light of serious  situations and life struggles. This uplifting love story will give hope to  viewers and appeal to those looking for something a little deeper than the  typical romantic comedy. This movie gives viewers a look back at  technology just ten years prior with the use of flip phones and beepers.

Brief quote: “You meet a thousand people, then you meet that one person and your life is changed”.

Prizes or Awards: Nominated for the Satellite Award given by the International Press Academy. -IMDB

Similar Works:  
  • Sweet November (Similar themes of love and sickness)  
  • A lot like love (similar themes of true love starting off with a one night stand)

Reviewer’s Name: Lenore St. John 

Love & Other Drugs 
Form adapted from Saricks, Joyce G. and Nancy Brown. Readers= Advisory Service in the Public Library 2nd. Chicago: ALA, 1997.

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