Film Fans: 'Love and Other Drugs' has good dose of acting

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3 stars out of 4

This film has a good message to it but the message is couched in an ironic presentation. Despite the large amount of implicit and explicit sex with multiple partners, the “moral” of the story is that sex in and of itself is not fulfilling. As much as people need drugs to cope with pain or various symptoms, the main characters here use sex (Perhaps the title should have been “Sex and Other Drugs”). In fact, Maggie states that she just wants to forget who she is through sex for a couple hours and does not want Jamie to fall in love with her.

The “R” rating is well-deserved because of the nudity and language. I enjoyed the plot but believe the story could have been told without all the skin and foul language. Both lead actors do a good job at portraying their role.

— J. P. Zinn, Lawrenceville

2 stars out of 4

This is basically a romantic love flick that has a hard time getting traction, despite the sheer beauty and talent of Anne Hathaway, which is considerable indeed. But it plods along, sometimes aimlessly, in search of something that the narrow screenplay can’t produce. It needs a few wows but instead the small-ville storyline, which is weaker than the current economy, showcases a very fledgling cast who provide little or no support.

One great thing about the movie, however, is it showcases the serious plight of people who have Parkinson’s disease. It is a very tough world for the many that have to deal with this and its progressive nature. But Maggie (Anne) and Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) are effective in displaying a host of emotions connected with this horrible disease. And in the end this movie deserves some extra credit for this alone.

— Rick Wright, Auburn

3 stars out of 4

Real sex in the city. Set in the early 90’s — a story of a womanizer viagra salesman Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhaal) who falls in love with an early stage patient, Maggie Murdock, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (played by Anne Hathaway). Is there a movie genre for a steaming sexy drama love story for pill pushers? This is an adult relationship melodrama that turns the audience from being external voyeurs to actually getting involved with the characters — nudity and all. Loved the story, the pace of the movie and the quality of the acting.

— Alfred Richner, Duluth