Jaime Randall (Gyllenhaal) is a pharmaceutical rep riding the erectile dysfunction wave of the late 20th century right out of Ohio to the Windy City. Through a bizarre series of events, he meets Maggie (Hathaway), a waitress and wannabe artist. The two quickly and frequently hop in the sack, and this would be a fun rom-com if not for Maggie's revelation that she is suffering with the early stages of Parkinson's disease. While there are genuine moments (both funny and sad) and Hathaway and Gyllenhaal are compelling, the film never really pulls it all together. Based on the true store of Jamie Reidy in his autobiography "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman."
First meet Jamie Randall, a smooth-talking prescription drug salesman with a reputation for womanizing; then meet Maggie Murdoch, a fiery passionate photographer who eventually changes the formerly mentioned Randall's womanizing ways. If this storyline sounds familiar, throw in a chronic illness in young Maggie, several ounces of flesh, and a ...Read More
Light-weight Drama Offers Good Acting criddic2 at 2010-12-22 22:20:36
We've seen this story before: Laid-back charmer meets sharp-witted woman and falls for her only to find she is ill. This is the basic outline of countless movies, most popularly "Love Story" in 1970. The leads are both good at making their characters likable, funny and touching. However, it doesn't add anything new, beyond the comic situations involving Gyllenhaal's salesman and his new product: Viagra.