You remember the last time that Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway shared the screen? It was Brokeback Mountain, and still, the thought of seeing a topless Hathaway (who I only knew from Princess Diaries at the time) has burned a nice hole of trauma into my brain. Well, they’re reteaming, having just signed on to star in Love and Other Drugs, from director Ed Zwick (Defiance, Blood Diamond).
Love and Other Drugs will be adapted from Jamie Reidy’s memoir, Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman by Charles Randolph (The Interpreter). The book was about the shady practices of the pharmaceutical industry. The script will insert a love story: Gyllenhaal will play a drug saleseman who falls in love with a woman with Parkinson’s (Hathaway). The relationship will play out in the political and social context of the time.
So, it sounds a little like Thank You for Smoking, although I wouldn’t expect much in the way of subversive humor, or any humor at all, as Zwick doesn’t exactly have a nose for it. His resume is full of deadly serious movies (also including The Last Samurai and Legends of the Fall). And if it’s like most of Zwick’s work, it will be almost good, but not quite.