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  • Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Gabriel Macht
  • Directors: Edward Zwick
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2011
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LVOX1G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,558 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anyone--or anything--tie her down. But she meets her match in Jamie (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love.

"A great rom-com pairing" **** Sunday Mirror
"Smart, sexy and buckets of charm" **** Daily Express
"Truly addictive romance" ***** Now

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Last paired up for Brokeback Mountain, Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal reunite for this romantic take on Jamie Reidy's Hard Sell. The story takes place in the 1990s when a certain blue pill made its debut. Gyllenhaal's Jamie, a smooth-talking pharmaceutical rep, meets Hathaway's Maggie, an aspiring artist, while trying to persuade her physician (Hank Azaria) to carry Pfizer products. The attraction is instant, but Jamie prefers the thrill of the chase to anything more meaningful. While he and his partner (Oliver Platt, Azaria's Huff co-star) work on a transfer from Ohio to Illinois, Jake and Maggie's fling develops into a relationship. On the comic side, Jamie battles with a rival rep (Gabriel Macht), switches from Zoloft to Viagra, and gains a roommate in his socially inept brother (Josh Gad, good value). On the dramatic side, he gets a glimpse of Maggie's world, which involves trips to Canada for medication and the temporary loss of motor skills (the screenplay fails to explain how she can afford such a spacious loft). Not counting shows like Thirtysomething, Edward Zwick remains best known for docudramas like Defiance, and Love and Other Drugs marks a new direction. The dialogue is snappy and the actors are game--both show a fair amount of skin--but the two halves of the film make for an awkward fit. Still, it's nice to see Gyllenhaal cut loose for a change. If Hathaway gives a more self-conscious performance, she brings the requisite amount of spirit and dignity to her role. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gordon J. Sheppard on 1 Jun. 2013
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Very good film and well acted as well. The treatment in the film of the onset and early stages of Parkinsons was very correct and quite moving indeed. Anne Hathaway is really superb. I declare this through experience; my wife suffers from this disease.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Mar. 2013
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Saw this at the cinema with friends, and really enjoyed it, so naturally I had to buy it on DVD.

There is humour and fun throughout, but there are also moments of seriousness, and I felt that the issues of Parkinsons disease were dealt with with the right amount of balance and insight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SNTM on 11 April 2013
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I laughed and cried at this film, it is essentially a chick flick, but funny enough that if you make your other half watch it he won't complain TOO much!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melly on 9 Jun. 2014
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This is a good film, tackling a not so well known subject - in relation to age-wise that is. I found it rather enlightening, obviously sad at times, but also showing positives. I enjoyed it & the acting is really good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Sept. 2013
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The movie starts out as a great man's comedy with Jake Gyllenhaal charming every woman from 8 to 80 selling them lower tier electronics. This basically lasted through the credits as he gets fired for being a little too charming with the boss's girlfriend in the stock room. His family has money and he gets a job as a Pfizer salesman, something the movie makes out to be an evil job. He uses his charm and ability to have casual sex to sell drugs. During this time he meets Anne Hathaway (multiple nude scenes, thank you Anne) and they have incredible casual sex. The movie was great up to this point. Then we find out Anne has Parkinson's disease which is why she is a free spirit.

Jake falls in love, turning this into "Love Story", then the comedy simply dies.

Some crude humor, sex, nudity, f-bomb.
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By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2014
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Rom-coms are hardly ever ground-breaking, but LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS seemed to promise perhaps a different experience; rom-com but with more of a substantial, challenging story at its heart. The story follows Jamie and Maggie: he is a drugs salesman, she is a creative spirit who happens to suffer from Parkinson's. The first half of the film (which shows the actors more in bed than out of it), puts the slant on that it is Maggie who is reticent about entering into a proper relationship. At stage 1 of her condition, you begin to realise that she is unwilling to become a burden to anyone, so she sets up the emotional boundaries. The second half of the film tries to illustrate the couple's growing affection for each other, against the backdrop of a slowly debilitating illness.

For me, the main problem with this film was that the two halves seemed to be at war against each other, rather than complimenting each other. Rom-com has a typical formula where boy meets girl, one of them (for one reason or another) tries to maintain distance in the relationship, there is usually some sort of disagreement where the relationship is seemingly under threat, and then the boy decides he cannot live without her and so chases after her before she can truly get away. LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS follows this formula, so it offers no surprises. I think the creators really missed a trick: given Maggie's storyline, they could have made a far superior film, if they had made it feel more coherent. All the elements are there, it's just the execution failed slightly.

Overall, an OK film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Oct. 2013
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Jake Gyllenhaal dates anne hathaway .He is a pharmaceutical sales rep and she has parkinson's disease.
He is insensitive,rude,crude and so is she but after an intial meeting where they dont get along
they fall in love.Plenty of naked bodies in this film but you mainly remember the love story at the end
which shows the tale told was a good one.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Synesthesia on 6 Mar. 2011
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Described by its cast and crew as an "emoti-com", this is one film that packed a bit more of a punch than most of the romance films that were released last year. Set in the fascinating back drop of the '90s pharmaceutical world, Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a cocky, womanising, fast-rising star in Pfizer and happens across Maggie (Anne Hathaway) during one of his slightly less ethical exploits.

He could have almost any woman he wants, yet somehow he can't quite shift her; she is free-spirited, opinionated and has her own troubles that have lead her to avoid relationships entirely. This indeed is a story about "love and other drugs", but more than that it is about how love can change us and how we see the world.
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