Love and Other Drugs

November 24th, 2010


Love and Other Drugs

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A woman suffering from Parkinson's befriends a drug rep working for Pfizer against 1990s Pittsburgh backdrop.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 6.6/10 (47,968 voted)

Critic's Score: 55/100

Director: Edward Zwick

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Judy Greer

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.

Writers: Charles Randolph, Edward Zwick

Jake Gyllenhaal - Jamie Randall
Anne Hathaway - Maggie Murdock
Oliver Platt - Bruce Winston
Hank Azaria - Dr. Stan Knight
Josh Gad - Josh Randall
Gabriel Macht - Trey Hannigan
Judy Greer - Cindy
George Segal - Dr. James Randall
Jill Clayburgh - Nancy Randall
Kate Jennings Grant - Gina
Katheryn Winnick - 'Lisa'
Kimberly Scott - Gail
Peter Friedman - California Man
Nikki Deloach - Christy
Natalie Gold - Dr. Helen Randall

Taglines: Accros aux nuits sans lendemain ou dépendants l'un de l'autre? (Addicted to one-night stands or dependent on one another?)


Official Website: Official site [Germany] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 24 November 2010

Filming Locations: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,739,161 (USA) (28 November 2010) (2455 Screens)

Gross: $32,357,532 (USA) (13 February 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

In setting up the sex scenes the actors were encouraged to improvise, but with their clothes on. Edward Zwick says that it's "colder" on a set because there are people all around, the camera, and distractions. So the improvisation was useful in setting the scene and shots for the actual shoot.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Trey refers to himself as "an ex-Marine". An actual Marine would never use that phrase. The status of being a Marine is retained for life, hence the motto "Once a Marine, always a Marine". It would have been more appropriate to have him refer to himself as "a Marine veteran".

Jamie Randall: Sometimes the things you want the most don't happen and what you least expect happens. I don't know - you meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you. And then you meet one person and your life is changed forever.

User Review

Expected what I saw in the trailer and got more


Despite what some may say, Love and Other Drugs wasn't like other romantic comedies I've seen except in the most general of senses, in that it was a romantic comedy. I hadn't seen one set in the environment of pharmaceutical sales or with a main character who had Parkinsons disease, a setting which is very interesting as there are a lot of things wrong with health care and the system today. It gives one something to chew on while watching the rest of the movie.

There's a lot to like about the relationship between Jamie and Maggie. They have a raw intensity and passion for each other that was a bit much for some viewers, but in my opinion it was there to show how connected they were both physically and mentally. I thought their banter and teasing nature was cute. Nobody got wounded or sulked when teased but just laughed and teased back. The initial attraction between them started as an understanding of each other's loneliness and vulnerability that allowed them to feel like someone else finally got them after easily charming others with nothing more than a fascade. Their relationship had passion, love, and a roller-coaster of emotions.

There was a scene midway through the movie where Maggie tells Jamie that even though she may have many other moments like the ones that she shared with him that it will never be as special or mean as much to her and my heart wanted to swell because I knew exactly what she meant and what it is like to love someone that much.

As they grew together, both characters changed and let go of their issues with commitment and love. They tore down the walls they'd built to protect themselves and just let themselves fall. It was beautiful to me and I really enjoyed Love & Other Drugs.


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