DVD review: Love and Other Drugs

CHRIS SCHULZ
Last updated 05:00 25/05/2011
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ALL OVER THE SHOP: Love and Other Drugs is a middling effort.

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Love and Other Drugs was a critical and commercial flop - and there are some very good reasons for that.

The romantic drama starring the way-too-classy-for-this Jake Gyllenhaal and the weirdly-muted Anne Hathaway tells the story of Jamie, a medical drug pimp with a gigantic ego who lucks out selling Viagra but meets his match in Hathaway's Maggie.

It's a weird set up with strange casting, over-the-top sex scenes and an uneasy tone. Some of the film's comedic elements are based on quite serious topics like Parkinson's Disease and the marketing of some very serious drugs for very sick people.

Laugh? You might find youself crying instead - and that means Love and Other Drugs is in no man's land, with no real attempt to be either a racy drama, a twisted comedy or a slapstick farce.

Instead it's stuck somewhere in the middle. And that's a suitable place to be for this middling and forgettable effort.

At least Gyllenhaal - even when he's off having threesomes in hot tubs - proves that he's way too good to be here. He seems to know it too.

Extras: The DVD copy comes with a digital version so you can watch it on your iPad. But that's it.

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