Movie Review - Love and Other Drugs (2010)

Anne Hathaway has for long been seen as a promising star and actress. In my opinion, till date, her career has been a bit insipid. The most notable of her movies being films like - Princess Diaries and Devil Wears Prada.

In Love and Other Drugs, she gears up to play her first major path breaking role. She plays a strong, free spirited, foul mouthed and impulsive woman suffering from Parkinson's disease.

The movie is about a young woman Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway) suffering from early stages of Parkinson's. She gets to know Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal), an ambitious medical salesman. Maggie is a woman who knows that her healthy days are numbered and Jamie thinks only about his sales numbers. This is where the script takes you on a journey and shows how two unlikely people come together and start caring for each other. As the movie progresses, there are plenty of hilarious moments but tempered with reality. The story draws a fine line between portraying the seriousness of a disease like Parkinson's and the enduring hope of the human spirit.

Watch the movie when the kids have gone to bed, for the sheer rawness of the story. It's a refreshing movie and with an amazing performance by Anne and a very strong and subtle support from Jake. I hope we get to see more quality performances from both these actors.

Movie details at imdb.


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