Family-Faith Film Review: Love & Other Drugs
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting
Love & Other Drugs: Misguided romance — based on Jamie Reidy’s 2005 memoir “Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman” — in which a womanizing pharmaceuticals seller (Jake Gyllenhaal) and an artist (Anne Hathaway) afflicted with Parkinson’s disease hook up for commitment-free sex, but gradually find their alley-cat relationship deepening into love. With a satire of the drug industry in the background and an excess of bare flesh to the fore, director and co-writer Edward Zwick’s potentially touching story about the ennobling effects of heartfelt ardor is drowned out by discussions — and displays — of irresponsible sensuality, some of it aberrant. Strong sexual content, including brief graphic nonmarital activity; offscreen group sex and masturbation; fleeting pornographic images; upper female, rear and partial nudity; much sexual humor; about 15 uses of profanity; and pervasive rough and crude language. O — morally offensive. (R) 2010
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