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Love & Other Drugs

This week MovieBob takes a long hard look at Love & Other Drugs.

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Soooo, sex makes everything better? ALERT THE PRESS!
Good, review, I'm not gonna check it out of course because I hate those kind of films.

I generally dislike Romantic Comedies just for that reason... they're so forced and 'feel-good' and fake that it throws any chance of enjoying the story out of the window.

I recently finished reading a book called 'Forbidden', which is fairly controversial in that it's a book about incest between a brother and sister.
However the writer is amazing and genuinely makes you care for these people and the whole situation and relationship feels real.

Now it will never ever become a film, and if it did it would be nowhere near as good as the book, but at least it was believable and an amazing read... romantic films need better writing! Well, generally everything could do with better writing.

Sounds pretty decent, I might give it a go.
Hooray for the first actually good romantic film in a long while

Romantic Comedy that DOESN'T suck?
My... head... it's .... AAAARRRGGGGGimage

Great, now I have to decide between this and Tangled. Why do films I actually want to see all come out at once so I don't have time?

Awesome episode!

I too hate romantic comedies and how they unrealistically portray relationships and how that can affect people into making them think that one day some magical person will come a take them away from the shit hole that is they're lives. Even though this sounds like a refreshing take on the formula I think I am going to skip it.

Oh and by the way I'm surprised Bob didn't mention (500) days of summer, that movie was quite good. Although some could argue that its not really a romantic comedy.

did bob edit out Any NSFW parts of the film in this review or is this pg 13

No... No, no, no, no, no! You did just not shatter the view I have held on romantic comedies for the last decade?!

Sigh, oh well, I guess if I go on a date I can take a girl to see this movie and I might actually also enjoy it.

Also, awesome review as always.

My reason for disliking romantic comedies, apart from the aforementioned wishy-washy PG crap is the predictably formulaic plot, and if this movie follows it I don't think any amount of good acting or nudity could save it for me. Great review though!
Step 1: boy meets girl or girl meets boy.
Step 2: they like eachother
Step 3: guy bangs some other girl and main girl is upset
Step 4: new girl quickly turns out to be wrong for the guy or evil
Step 5: main girl and guy make up in a spectacular and/or public fashion
Step 6: final kiss and roll credits
Step 7: Profit.

Did anyone else think that the comparison between Jake Gyllenhaal as the Prince and this role was rather shocking?

And the first step to recovery is admitting you have a lechery problem, Bob... (Nice way to spin that into a rationalization, tho)

zombie711:
did bob edit out Any NSFW parts of the film in this review or is this pg 13

He definitely edited it out. A friend who saw a preview of it with his wife said there was a lot of nudity.

"We see them fuck, so it's like they're real people!"

That's what I got out of this.

Apparantly it still has every other romcom cliche in the book, the fack that they get it on doesnt sound like enough reason to stop this from sounding like another immensely annoying movie to watch.

Yeah...I don't agree. OK fine the problem with most romantic comedies or romantic movies in general is that they are fake. Yes the lack of sex makes it feel kinda...you know what I mean. But here's the deal...I like those kinda movies...Yes they are awful and yes 99% of the time it never happens this way but I still love them because I'm a hopeles romantic with the stamp: "I support love not lust" written all over my face. I started my first relationship when I was 16. I got my first kiss (and her first kiss) exactly an year later. We were togheter all the times. We moved to the US because that was always her dream. And here it comes...*drum roll*...We had sex when we were 22...Yeah...OK look the point I was trying to make was that I know that this is the way to make romantic comedies but I don't like it and even though I support the thruth and nothing but the thruth I still like the other kinds because my life was basically a movie. I'm gonna put up my shield now...

i thought he was gonna tear it a new one because it was a romcom. wasn't expecting a good review, although naked hathaway probably helped a bit.

Megaman truly does go with everything. And congrats on getting out of the retail hell of working black friday. My cousin just got hired at Victoria's Secret, he's a 21 year old introverted gamer. His first day is today. God help him.

Romantic comedy that doesn't suck?

Obviouse question; Is it better than the only other romantic comedy that doesn't suck, (500) Days of Summer. That's actually one of my favourite movies.

You got me thinking if there are any decent rom-coms that maintain a PG-rating. I can only think of some of the oldschool ones--1930s, 40s, 50s. What they had going for them seemed to be:

i) The leads were generally on even ground--at least they acted like it. Whereas a lot of rom-coms today seem to be Cinderella-variants: successful man sweeps woman off her feet.

ii) The dialogue was generally pretty snappy in that Old Hollywood way. Granted, there's some culture shock: I liked It Happened One Night but was thrown for a loop when Clark Gable tells the girl's father about her, "She ain't so bad; she just needs someone to beat some sense into her once in a while" and this convinces the father he's the right man for his daughter. /facepalm

iii) The plot of those movies was usually the thrill of the chase--a lot of Slap Slap, Kiss Kiss--with the admission of romance coming at the end. The chase is the interesting part. But watching a couple totally in love, gushing over each other? That's just cavity-inducing. Alternatively, you can throw some conflict into the relationship, but it always seems to be some stupid case of misunderstanding instead of something meaty.

On second thought, you're right. It's better with sex.

Nice review Bob.
Might go see that.

obliterate:
Yeah...I don't agree. OK fine the problem with most romantic comedies or romantic movies in general is that they are fake. Yes the lack of sex makes it feel kinda...you know what I mean. But here's the deal...I like those kinda movies...Yes they are awful and yes 99% of the time it never happens this way but I still love them because I'm a hopeles romantic with the stamp: "I support love not lust" written all over my face. I started my first relationship when I was 16. I got my first kiss (and her first kiss) exactly an year later. We were togheter all the times. We moved to the US because that was always her dream. And here it comes...*drum roll*...We had sex when we were 22...Yeah...OK look the point I was trying to make was that I know that this is the way to make romantic comedies but I don't like it and even though I support the thruth and nothing but the thruth I still like the other kinds because my life was basically a movie. I'm gonna put up my shield now...

I have much envy for you sir.

I kind of have to disagree that sex is 'relationship fuel'.
Sounds like a pretty hollow relationship to me.

Sex is certainly there, and important to a degree, but to call it 'fuel' is vastly overstating it's importance.
And by 'vastly' I mean 'really really vastly'. Unless you're 15 or something.

And since your recommendation seems bend around the fact that they seem to be 'real' only because they are having a bunch of sex (And that's what real people do, apparently. All the single people I know obviously have a 'friends with benefits' thing on the side. Totally realistic), that the rest of the cliched tripe can be overlooked?

I find that hard to digest, Bob.

You try to pass off the addition of sex as something 'real', and then say 'see it for the obvious eye candy', essentially dumbing down that point of 'real relationships' to worthlessness. Apparently it's just boobs. How nuanced.

Are you seriously saying we have to overlook everything you said in your 'Yes' tirade, describing every romantic comedy cliche in existence (The only thing it's missing is her gay friend, apparently), just because they have sex?

Because, really, that was your big point: Sex is there. Now it's real.
Seems rather low-brow, and just an excuse for girlfriends to drag their boyfriends along.

I'll pass.
I'm not 15, Bob.

MovieBob:
Love & Other Drugs

This week MovieBob takes a long hard look at Love & Other Drugs.

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aaaand when that rant about romcoms comes from a person like Bob --

-- it means pretty much nothing and is about as hollow as The Expendables was.

Seriously? Bob, have you watched a single rom-com or romantic film ever? Or at least before you made that profoundly wrong and generalized rant?

Aww, I was hoping for The King's Speech, the movie that's going to sweep the oscars.

Rock on. I have girl crushes on both Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried, so seeing them both in one review was awesome. Also, I was really hoping this movie was going to be good. I generally agree with your opinion, so now I have a reason to go see it :)

Interesting review, it's good to see MovieBob mixing it up a bit.

The only bit I'd mention that Romcoms or as I call them "Chick Flicks" are a successful and constnatly produced genere because that general characture of "what women want" or what someone's mother is like, tends to hit enough women with a shotgun effect that they come and see this movies, which make enough money, that they continue producing them to make even more money.

Typically, I can deal with a lot of the cliques, except for the bits where people awkwardly but profoundly try and express their feelings for each other. It rarely works, feels natural, or like something anyone would ever say. I find such scenes can cause almost physical pain when I witness them.

I feel such things are best expressed abstractly, a lot of that stuff can be said with a look, and come accross much better in the flow of a movie, than sitting there for ten minutes talking about feelings in a way that makes me want to beat myself unconscious on the row of seats in front of me (or with the nearest blunt object if I'm at home).

I guess girls like that kind of stuff though, since they keep selling it, and a lot of girls seem to think that's the best part of these movies, which is why it kind of qualifies as the chick flick equivilent of a "money scene" that sells the whole thing. An example of the differances between men and women in action.

The problem is, films like this will be alienating a large portion of their potential audience; such as myself. Sexual Conservatives like myself are driven away by all the promiscuity and debauchery going on- I'll be finding it almost imposable to connect with the characters.

Roll on January, the King's Speech looks like where I am gonna be enjoying- a good old-fashioned cast, with a nice, morally agreeable premise and plot.

I agree with Therumancer. I think movies need to display love more subliminal. Love forms in your head, not because you talk about it.
I think bobs view of romances is confusing. "Hollywood has this crazy idea of a strange Mother figure that likes these kind of movies". Yeah, so why are romance movies that successful and why do many women, old or young, like them so much? I think that point doesn't quite hold. Fact is, that they have a market and appeal to us in some form or another. That is not an invention of Hollywood.
I think real sexual attraction towards your lover is an important part (notice, a part) of a real relationship but if the movies have the same hollow formula and cliches just with sex scenes of good looking celebrities thrown in...then whats the difference? Eye candy? It's easier for women to drag their boyfriends into the movies because a hot actor is seen naked? I don't know, seems like the same old thing. It wouldn't matter to me.
I think good old Bob is getting mesmerized by boobs again. :P

You're welcome, Bob.

I am working in retail today though. I'm due at work in 2 hours...

You had me at Anne Hathaway naked.

Baby Tea:

Are you seriously saying we have to overlook everything you said in your 'Yes' tirade, describing every romantic comedy cliche in existence (The only thing it's missing is her gay friend, apparently), just because they have sex?

No. But we do have to overlook it because, look, Anne Hathaway is totally not wearing anything.

Seriously though, I did not get this review either. I don't really know what types of rom-coms Bob's thinking about, but, hell, plenty of them have to do with sex. The only thing that apparently separates this movie from the rest is actual nudity.

Colour me unimpressed.

Glad to hear a character focused chick flick that actually focuses on realistic characters. I've seen several chick flicks that weren't terrible, but nothing I'd see multiple times. It'll be nice to see if this film changes that.

A romantic comedy that doesnt suck?

ITS THE APOCALYPSE!!

Sooo... You only liked it because you got to see Anne Hathaway naked and having lots of sex? Seems like a rather shallow reason to recommend a movie.

So it's kind of a romantic comedy with some balls.... and some tits. You make a good point, having a beleivable and visceral relationship between two characters is an idea that should be in almost every romantic comedy, although the formula plotting still seems a little annoying and i would LOVE to see a little less of it and still have a movie be comerically viable.

Going off on a tangent, i think much of the confusion arround films like Fight Club or more recently Scott Pilgrim is because people DON'T know where they are going. I find it a little sad that when movies do come along that you can't predict the story from seeing the first trailers they cause audiences to lose their shit with confusion.

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