Last night I dreamt that we were on the road, we’re traveling, not sure where. But we’re taking a stop/break at my brother’s house. I’m in the spare room and it’s not like how it is, there’s just a mattress on the floor, no boxspring. And there’s a small table next to the mattress. Then the location changes to my old apartment in Inglewood, it was newly renovated when I moved in, and I can still smell the paint. Next thing I know, I’m walking in to town, it’s unlike a city. Everything is within walking distance. There’s a surplus/pawn shop, walking in I see all the old uniforms. There’s some old man behind the counter with glasses working on restoring something.
I got to watch Love and Other Drugs this morning. The short of it is, Viagara. It takes place in 1996 and follows Jake who’s a drug rep on the fore front when Viagara comes around. Throw in Anne Hathaway for the romantic element, and Edward Zwick’s return to the comedy-drama genre and you have Love and Other Drugs.
The good; it’s well acted. Ed Zwick is usually known for his epic movies; Legends of the Fall, The Last Samurai, The Siege, Defiance, Glory… so it’s nice to see him try something else. He focuses on the characters and the moments of a scene. There’s a lot going on in this movie, there’s comedy, events in history, selfish motivations, family dynamics, and a guy meets girl structure. But it’s all done well, and not a mess.
The bad; it’s kind of forgettable. Why should we care about a drug rep only worried about his commissions? It’s a movie about people who aren’t that redeeming. Or his love interest who suffers from a disease? But we do, so not much else to complain about, other than that not a lot of people will see this movie.
So in short, worth a rental, no real need to see this on the big screen. It’s a small movie, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s character driven. Check it out if you can.