When I saw a preview for "Love and Other Drugs," I knew I wanted to see this movie. Cute, romantic and ... R-rated?
That part stopped me in my tracks. It didn't look that bad but I guess you can't judge a movie by its trailer. However, I wanted to go and didn't want the rating to stop me, so I convinced my mom to take me.
The movie started with a scene of Jamie Randall, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, working at a stereo shop. Right away you can tell he's a ladies' man. He flirts with everyone, from the 12-year-old little girl whose mom wants a new electronic to the old lady who's looking at the cameras. But then Jamie gets fired because he's caught with his boss' girlfriend. His younger brother gets him another job and before he knows it, Jamie meets Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway), a twenty-something with Parkinson's disease.
Watching up to this point in "Love and Other Drugs," I really didn't have a high opinion of it. I knew now that it was rated R for a reason. The characters swore a lot and there were some other scenes that really didn't even need to be in there.
Then the whole movie took a twist. Jamie took Maggie to a support group, where another man shares with him that "Parkinson's will take away everything you love in her: her mind, her body and her personality." I was on the edge of my seat and I expected Jamie, the man who couldn't find four good things about himself (as stated earlier in the movie), to leave Maggie and go back to being a pharmaceutical salesman. But he didn't. And that changed my whole view of this film. Instead, Jamie drives Maggie to places all around the country to find a cure for Parkinson's.
Just when you think you know where "Love and Other Drugs" is going, something different will happen in the lives of these characters. There are plenty of touching moments; I found myself with eyes watering three times in two hours. Whoever wrote the script for this movie outdid themselves, because the conversations between the two main characters were, toward the end, mostly very deep.
In my opinion, this movie was probably one of the cutest love stories that I've seen in a long time. Sure, it follows the typical plot, but the little things added in like Parkinson's and Jamie's brother make it funny and interesting. All the director needs to do is cut parts of the movie to make it cleaner and more family-oriented and he'd have something that everyone would watch.
I, for one, hate love stories that have bad endings, but this one ended perfectly, leaving me content. How? Well to figure that out, you'll just have to watch it yourself.
Minna Wang is a sophomore at NUAMES. She loves to hang out with friends, listen to music and text. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.