Love & Excessive Nudity – Movie Review
After seeing Love & Other Drugs, starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, Patti Stanger tweeted: “"Love and Other Drugs" = Great date movie. You'll laugh, cry and want to make love. Best sex scenes ever. Ann & Jake = smokin' together. Xo”
They are smokin’ hot together and the sex scenes are hot as well. A great date movie? Sure, if you’re about to consummate your relationship; if you’ve been dating a while; or if you’re married. On an initial date, it’s risky. Sexual tension feels fun and exciting when you’re attracted to someone who’s attracted to you; however, feelings don’t always click right away or at the same time, and when they don’t, too much sex/nudity can be uncomfortable.
I’m no prude, and I can appreciate the beauty of a naked woman. So, seeing Anne’s boobs didn’t bother me on the surface; however, the number of times I saw them seemed excessive. Or, perhaps, it’s that the number of times I saw Maggie (Hathaway) and Jamie (Gyllenhaal) have sex was excessive. I think we can understand the sexual basis of their relationship without it grinding in our faces every other frame.
Notwithstanding boobs, sex and pharmaceuticals, the love story between the characters is very sweet and heartbreaking. I wondered what choice I would make in a similar situation and how difficult it must be to cultivate romantic relationships when you have a degenerative disease. Watching a couple’s struggles with a condition completely out of their control puts all the other (petty) reasons why couples fight and break-up into perspective.
I greatly appreciated seeing Jamie’s tenacity as he pursues Maggie until she drops her guard and agrees to the relationship with him she refused to admit she wanted. No lazy slouch, Jamie goes after what he wants – to considerable length, in fact. Better yet, Maggie settles for nothing less.