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Love And Other Drugs Blu-ray Review

“Love And Other Drugs” is an unfocused dramedy.

The plot: Jamie, a womanizing Pfizer pharmaceutical salesman, becomes fascinated by a woman named Maggie. At first, they plan on having a casual relationship together but the relationship clearly becomes something more whether they like it or not. The relationship becomes further complicated when Jamie learns that Maggie has Parkinson’s disease.

While there’s clearly a lot of potential with the coming-of-age story and themes about love here, the script for “Love And Other Drugs” is often unfocused and lacks a clear direction. It doesn’t help that the characters are all obnoxious, selfish people who are “trying to find themselves.” I have no problem with flawed characters, but if there’s a path these characters have to take, it has to be earned. To me, the end result for these characters feels unearned and downright manipulative. That’s not a knock on Jake Gyllenhoall or Anne Hathaway for the record, it’s just their characters.

I should also mention that Josh Gad (who plays the character Josh) should win the award for the most pointless supporting character in a feature film. He really has no purpose being in this film other than for embarrassing, distracting comedic effect.

Summary: “Love And Other Drugs” is a relationship dramedy that just doesn’t quite work.


The 1.85:1 1080p picture quality is solid, but the skin tone colors seem off to me.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is as good as it needs to be for this film.

* Digital copy.
* Fox trailers (including one for “Love And Other Drugs”).
* 4 deleted scenes.
* “Love And Other Drugs: An Actor’s Discussion”- The cast and crew talk about the film’s characters.
* “Beautifully Complex: Anne Hathaway is Maggie”- Anne Hathaway talks about the character she played in the film.

* “Reformed Womanizer: Jake Gyllenhaal is Jamie”- Jake Gyllenhaal also talks about the character he played.

* “Selling Love And Other Drugs”- A featurette about being a pharmaceutical representative on and off screen.

* 2 exclusive BD-Live features that include Live Lookup and behind-the-scenes footage.

April 24, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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