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"One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small": 'Better Living Through Chemistry' Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | January 23, 2014 | Comments ()


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I’m pretty sure that every movie ever made would be improved by a little bit of Sam Rockwell, except for those already starring him, which could only be improved by having two Sam Rockwells. Better Living Through Chemistry stars Mr. Rockwell as a pharmacist who is unhappily coasting along in an unfulfilling life until he finds his inner Tyler Durden, snags an American Beauty in the guise of Olivia Wilde, and starts popping more pills than Hunter S. Thompson.

What I’m saying is that it looks entertaining, if derivative. God, I hate that word. It’s a lazy critique most of the time, I way for a critic to just say “look at me I’m smart, I’ve seen a million things, so of course I can pick out a few this reminds me of.” But in this case, I think it’s slightly fair, if not a reason to not watch the film,

Here’s the trailer:

Jean Ralphio!

That looks like a damned impressive movie. But when I searched for “better living through chemistry” in order to find you a header image that had to do with the film. these were the first few results:

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Shut it down. I’m out.







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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Marc Greene

    If Queens of the Stone Age aren't heavily involved in the soundtrack, someone should be fired

  • BWeaves

    I must be the only person who thought that trailer looked terrible.

  • lurker_erin

    What about movies that already have two Sam Rockwells in them?

  • The phrase "Better Living Through Chemistry" was an ad tagline for some big chemical company (Dow, maybe?) in the 1960s.
    It became an ironic chant for the anti-war/anti-establishment movement; they used it to point to some of the vile things chemical companies were doing for the government at the time, including making napalm and chemical weapons like nerve gas.
    Although that bit of history seems to be largely forgotten, the phrase lingers and with it the dissonance of its meaning.
    Also, y'know, drugs, man.

  • Zachary Johnston

    They're flower power is no match for my Glower power!

  • My favorites are the ones for Thorazine, because gramps is crazy, yo.

  • annie

    Sam Rockwell being Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde being hot and funny? I'm in. Wasn't Jeremy Renner originally in Rockwell's part?

  • Allijo

    He dances. I'm in.

  • chrisanthemama

    *So* in.

  • Ian Fay

    Re-animator T-shirt FTMFW.

  • Sassy Pikachu

    The little girl in the last picture is going to haunt me in my dreams and eat me alive.

    Happy Thursday?

  • Yeah, I am pretty sure that jelly (jam?) is not made from any fruit known to man.

  • Sassy Pikachu

    It could be made OF man. Did Hannibal had a daughter?

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