Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal star in the comedy-drama, "Love and Other Drugs."
What makes the film worth seeing is the developing romance between a handsome, charming young Casanova and a beautiful young woman who is in stage one of Parkinson's Disease.
The actors are convincing and their push-pull struggle feels real. The problem is the movie has too many other subjects and its comedy and drama sometimes conflict.
Jake Gyllenhaal is Jamie, a pharmaceutical salesman who charms all the ladies until he meets Jamie (Anne Hathaway), a woman who mocks his approach. When he tells her she has nice eyes, she replies, "That's all you've got?"
But in this situation appearance is not reality, because, like Jamie's patter, much of Maggie's behavior is an act. She doesn't want to get close to anyone because she's sure that once a man finds out she has a degenerative disease, he'll be out the door.
When Jamie does learn what's really going on, he does feel like walking away, but he also discovers that for the first time he really cares about a woman. And he nearly experience cardiac arrest the first time he tells her he loves her.
I've focused on the best elements of "Love and Other drugs" and ignored the parts that don't belong in this story--like Jamie's gross brother who brings slapstick humor to the proceedings.
The bottom line is that if you can disregard this movie's tendency to introduce extraneous story elements, you may be moved by the well dramatized relationship at its center.