Monday, April 25, 2011

Movie Monday: Lots of Drugs (Illegal and Pharmaceutical)

Oh, Monday... why do you enjoy creeping up on everyone??? In order to possibly prevent others from having a "case of the Mondays," I hope that today's movie reviews bring some enjoyment to the day!

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

While looking for the "American Dream," writer Hunter S. Thompson (Johnny Depp) and his attorney (Benicio Del Toro) head to Vegas to cover a sporting event. During the journey, they experiment with a wide variety of drugs (including cocaine, ether, and marijuana... among others) and alcohol, which leads to many interesting hallucinations and random escapades.

I've been reading  Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thomspon lately, so I have had quite a bit of back story on the unique writer before watching this movie. If I didn't think that the book proved how much drugs Hunter used on a normal basis, the movie certainly did the job. Now, I'm not someone who is a drug user, but I got the general impression that the movie portrayed hallucinations pretty well. Johnny Depp did justice while cast as Hunter, especially since they had a unique bond with each other. I am already interested in seeing The Rum Diary (another of Hunter's novels which will become a film- starring Johnny Depp). Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars

Love and Other Drugs

Jamie (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a womanizing salesperson who finds himself working as a drug representative for Pfizer in 1996. While trying to bond with a physician over prescribing Zoloft to his patients, he meets Maggie (Anne Hathaway), a woman in her mid-twenties who has stage one Parkinson's disease. It becomes very obvious that Jamie's usual methods of flirtation and seduction will not work with Maggie, which intrigues him. They begin a friends with benefits type of relationship. As Jamie's career moves from Zoloft to Viagra, he and Maggie find themselves falling for each other.

I was warned by a friend that this movie contains a lot of nudity. Oh yeah, it did... and yes, it was quite enjoyable (for men and women). On the flip side, seeing all the hot sex scenes was a little difficult to watch, only because I am having an inactive sex life (LOL). I loved how the story of Jamie and Maggie evolved from really hot, wild sexual liaisons to a deep, emotional connection between the two. For me, both of those elements represent an ideal relationship for me. I also enjoyed watching the training process of a drug sales representative... especially with the matches. This movie surprised me since it had more substance than a normal chick flick. It was smartly written and was not cheesy. Highly recommended. Rating 4 out of 5 stars

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