The true story of the potency pill Viagra coupled with a romcom: The unusual tragicomedy is our film tip of the day.
Jamie Randall (Jake Gyllenhall) is an amoral person: In the 90s, he sells new drugs for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer and sleeps with as many women as he can. His romantic streing only comes through when he meets Maggie (Anne Hathaway). However, she suffers from her Parkinson’s diagnosis and wants everything but a serious relationship. When Jamie gets potency problems, he hears about a miracle drug that has just come onto the market: a small pill called Viagra. Soon, the new drug helped him to achieve undreamt-of success – not only in bed, but also in his career. But will Jamie and Maggie manage to have a real relationship at some point?
For “Love & other Drugs”, director and co-screenwriter Edward Zwick has taken an unusual approach. He was inspired by the investigative book “Hard Sell”, which tells the true story of Viagra. But Zwick has combined this with a fictional love story, which caused a stir when it was released because of its sexual permissiveness. While critics were divided on the script, they have consistently praised the performances of lead actors Gyllenhall and Hathaway.
“Love & other Drugs – Side effect included” runs at 20.15 on ServusTV Germany.
June 10, 2021 // Matthias Jordan