After having playing a couple with a slightly strained marriage in “Brokeback Mountain” due to the husband getting, as Jonah Hill so eloquently put it, “a mouthful of Ledger”, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway are reuniting for Ed Zwick’s “Love and Other Drugs” based off Jamie Reidy’s nonfiction book “Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman.”
According to THR, Reidy was a drug rep for Pfizer in the late 1990s who eventually wrote a memoir that shined a light on the practices of the pharmaceutical industry. Gyllenhaal will play the salesman, who begins a relationship with a woman who has Parkinson’s (Hathaway) while on one of his sales calls. Their love story plays out in the political and social context of the time. This is opposed to love stories that play out completely in a vacuum. It’s almost as if someone said “You know, a love story involving someone with Parkinson’s isn’t difficult enough; let’s make sure the characters are constantly commenting on the social and political context of the time. That’ll hook audiences.”
My big question is how will Zwick (“The Last Samurai”, “Blood Diamond”) find a way to have white people be the savior of a minority?