Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway won’t make you fall in Love.
LOVE & OTHER DRUGS (Edward Zwick). 111 minutes. Now playing. For venues, trailers and times, see Movies. Rating: NN
Love & Other Drugs wants ever so much to be a frothy romantic comedy about a Pfizer pharmaceutical rep (Jake Gyllenhaal) who falls into a no-?strings sexual relationship with a doe-?eyed Parkinson's patient (Anne Hathaway). But it tries so damn hard to win you over that the experience becomes exhausting.
A lot of things about this movie should be, well, fun: the satirical take on the pharmaceutical industry, the casual but not exactly raunchy attitude toward sex, the reunion of Gyllenhaal and Hathaway in a storyline that gives them a chance at a happier ending than Brokeback Mountain allowed.
Maybe another director could have knit those elements together in a more appealing way. But we're stuck with Edward Zwick, who's spent the last couple of decades making ponderous Oscar bait like The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond and Defiance. This is his version of a James L. Brooks life-?and-?stuff picture, but he can't get the rhythms right.
The first hour's pleasant enough, but then you realize the story doesn't have anywhere to go, and then it's like an entire season of a sitcom you didn't particularly want to see in the first place.