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Monday, April 18, 2011



Love and Other Drugs

Handsome and charming pharmaceutical rep Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) falls head over heels for radiant free spirit Maggie (Anne Hathaway), and together the two people who never thought they would fall in love discover that their intense chemistry is more powerful than any drug on the market. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Director: Edward Zwick

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria, Josh Gad

Release Date: Nov 24, 2010

Rated R for Strong sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug material

Runtime: 1 hr. 53 min.

Genres: Drama


Love and Other Drugs is a madding type of film. The first act starts off strong and sharply written and well acted. The second act features a massive tonal shift, becoming dreary and overly serious while the last act become a paint by the numbers sugary sweet romantic comedy with each of the usual tropes being touched as they round for home. It’s so incredibly imbalanced across the board that you could almost make a case for different people liking different parts of the movie while hating as a whole. Part RomCom, part satire, part sex comedy, it’s the type of film that you couldn’t pin down if you tried. A real shame as there’s some strong material hidden in there and it’s mostly wasted, along with strong turns from it’s mostly naked leads.



A series of blindingly bright lights appear all over Los Angeles, mesmerizing the citizens of the city while luring them to an uncertain fate in this sci-fi thriller from sibling filmmakers Greg and Colin Strause. As speculation regarding the origin of the mysterious lights runs rampant, a Los Angeles entrepreneur (Donald Faison), his best friend, Jarrod (Eric Balfour), and Jarrod's frightened girlfriend (Scottie Thompson) struggle to resist temptation as they seek out the source of the luminous threat. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Director: Colin Strause, Greg Strause

Cast: Eric Balfour, Brittany Daniel, Neil Hopkins, David Zayas, Donald Faison

Release Date: Nov 12, 2010

Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence, some language and brief sexual content

Runtime: 1 hr. 40 min.

Genres: Suspense/Thriller


Pretty much anything would be an improvement over the Strause Brother first film, Alien vs Predator Requiem, and I supposed Skyline counts as something. Visually impressive but impressively inert and flaccid, Skyline gives you nothing outside of a few nice FXs. The plot and characters are both incredibly stupid and uninteresting. The cast looks visibly embarrassed, some looking as if they just want to be killed off as soon as possible just so they can cash their check and forget they ever did this film. The plot freely borrowing from other alien invasion films to give us the most generic of plots. The Strause Brothers are more concerned with showing off their cool alien designs and want to leave you marveling at the effects, hoping you’d be so mesmerized you wouldn’t notice your brain and wallet being sucked dry.



  1. I have no interest in LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS. As for SKYLINE, someone lent it to me and I still haven't watched it. I'm not in the mood for a WTF? Review right now. When I am, I'll watch it.

  2. Love and Other Drugs was a wife pick, needless to say nothing something I'd watch on my own accord. Skyline, damn I was just really bored.....

  3. Love and Other Drugs is one I avoided like the plague when it played here!! Anne Hathaway gives me a pain in the rear end!
    Skyline in one word was dis-graceful. Over blown nonsense and as you say boring. I cannot find a re-deeming feature about it as it is a movie that should never have been made, and subjected on the movie goers of the world. Unfortunately a movie like this shows all that is bad about Hollywood. Churned out garbage for the all mighty dollar and bugger anything resembling quality. Of course there is much good but it still lets junk like this through.

  4. Love and Other Drugs started off better than expected then just kind of turned into a mess. I agree with you about Skyline, it's a mess of a film, no fun to be found anywhere.


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