Based on Jamie Reidy’s autobiographical book “Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman,” the romantic comedy “Love and Other Drugs” explores both the unethical methods used in the 1990s in the pharmaceutical industry in the United States and the beautiful idyll set between an ambitious salesman and a rebellious artist. Maggie Murdock (Anne Hathaway) is an independent, sexy, intelligent, open-minded and non-conformist young woman who does not allow any obstacle to stay in her way and who is skeptical about love, especially because she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the first stage of evolution.
Without working too hard, but with the ability to persuade and irresistible charm that helps him conquer all women, whether they are doctors, nurses or clients, Jamie Reidy (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a sales force for medicines. But the encounter with Maggie and the way their relationship evolves surprise Jamie and change his order of priorities in life. The relationship helps both of them: Maggie struggles more easily with the disease, and Jamie learns what true love means and does not work first.
The story is very similar to Sweet November, but in the present case, humor is put in the forefront, and second-hand drama, which is not the case in Pat O`Connor’s film where humor is replaced by romance.