Love and Other Drugs

Love and Other Drugs is a romantic dramedy starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. He plays a hot-shot pharmaceutical rep who's pushing Viagra when it first hits the market, and she's a free-spirited artist with Parkinson's disease. You have undoubtedly heard of it. The media, falling into a snare contrived by the film's publicists, latched onto the fact that the principals got naked a lot.  The publicity campaign for the film concentrated on two messages: (1) distinguished candidate for awards; (2) beautiful people naked. I think it was mismarketed. Before I watched it, I was under the impression that it was a weepy-ass dyin' woman flick laden with enough pretentiousness to catch the attention of the Oscar committee, and that the only possible reason for me to watch it was to see Anne Hathaway naked. That is a wrong impression. It is a completely mainstream entertainment film with none of the phony-baloney gravitas we associate with Oscar candidates. In fact, the first third of the film is great fun. It is satirical, funny, energetic and quite genuine, at least by rom-com standards. I really enjoyed the film for about 30 minutes.

And then disaster struck. Oh, it wasn't a disaster really. That's an exaggeration provoked by my disappointment that the film couldn't deliver on its early promise. Love and Other Drugs is kind of a charming movie, but it eventually degenerates into a by-the-numbers romantic comedy, with all the requisite plot twists, musical cues and stock characters. The womanizing leading man stops drifting through life when he's finally struck by Cupid's arrow. He has a nerdy sidekick of a brother who would have been played by Curtis Armstrong in the 1980s. He breaks up with his lady love, then wins her back with a dramatic romantic gesture. He's pitted against an insufferable preppie asshole for for the hand of the leading lady. To make that last element even more contrived, the Marmalard-in-residence competes with the leading man for customers as well as for the fair damsel. Now THERE's an efficient application of the "economy of characters" rule.

Some of those clichés are more annoying than others. The character who provides the professional and romantic competition for our hero is an underwritten one-dimensional jagoff who does not belong in a film with Oscar aspirations, but rather on the business end of the explosion when Bluto Blutarski squeezes a food zit. A century ago authors would give this kind of character a moustache to twirl menacingly as he ties the hapless heroine to a saw-bound log. The professional rivalry between the two men is integral to a sub-plot, but that could have been handled without making the competitor a soulless boor. In fact, it would have been much more interesting if the two men had been completely indistinguishable, thus giving Gyllenhaal's character a true challenge - trying to dislodge his older self from a firmly entrenched position.

While the business rivalry seems merely artificial, the romantic rivalry is utterly unnecessary. If Marmalard Jr had been competing with our hero solely for shelf space, many of the film's weaknesses would be ameliorated and absolutely nothing would be lost, or even changed, since no element of the romantic relationship between the principals relates to anything about the ex-boyfriend. No plot element would have required even the slightest modification if that part of the character had disappeared. Given the fact that such a simple change would have improved the film immeasurably, I got the impression the director ran out of patience with rewrites and decided to film an early draft.

Perhaps I'm being a bit unfair. The film seems unfinished, but even at that, Love and Other Drugs has enough good points to make it worthwhile for you guys as a date movie. Unlike most such fare, you won't hate it, you'll laugh a bit, it has some powerful moments, and you might even get laid afterwards!

That alone should merit some kind of Oscar.

Anne Hathaway film clips. These are from a cam, I think, and are not much better, if at all, than the ones we have already seen. We're still waiting for the good stuff.

Jo Newman and Christina Fandino. Newman is the woman seducing the fat nerd. Fandino is the one with her butt to the camera.


  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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Morvern Callar


DVD quality

Samantha Morton film clip (samples below)

Samantha Morton and Kathleen McDermott film clip (samples below)

Kathleen McDermott film clip (samples below)





This contribution is a bit self indulgent. It's devoted to two women who I think are so beautiful. One, Leelee Sobieski, doesn't get her clothes off very much but loves showing her magnificent cleavage. The other, Heather Graham, is all too willing to get her clothes off, although this contribution doesn't show a lot.

Baby on Board

The topless nudity in Baby on Board (2009) comes from an unidentified stripper. She is called Delilah in the movie but is not mentioned in the credits.


The other stripper was Carla Abruzzo but she keeps her clothes on.

Nevena Milicevic is in her underwear

 and Heather looks good, of course.


Heather is topless in Blessed (2004) but is facing the wrong way, so the best we get is pokies.

Evil Never Sleeps

The topless nudity in Evil Never Sleeps aka Toughguy (1995) comes from an unidentified woman.

 When I see Heather's caps I think of the Monty Python song: "Sit on my face and tell me that you love me"

This one comes with a movie clip


No visible in nudity in ExTerminators (2009).

Raquel Pennington does the hands over the boobs trick,

Amber Heard

 and Heather show some cleavage.


Hope Springs

There is no nudity in Hope Springs (2003).

Unfortunately, Heather is wearing nipple patches, but she does get down to her underwear,


 as does Minnie Driver.

 Mary Steenburgen shows a bit of sex appeal.


Say It Isn't So

The nudity in Say It Isn't So (2001) comes from prosthetic breasts worn by Courtney Peldon.



 Sally Field,

Sarah Silverman

 and Suzanne Somers look good.

The Guru

The nudity in The Guru (2002) comes from an unidentified topless actress.




 and Marisa Tomei are both in their underwear.


Amanda Hall Rogers

 and Christine Baranski are looking good.

Finding Bliss

The nudity in Finding Bliss (2009) comes from a topless Stormy Daniels,

Christa Campbell

and some actresses not identified.

Mircea Monroe is in her underwear.


Denise Richards shows some cleavage,

as does Leelee.




There wasn't going to be any nudity in the TV mini-series Hercules (2005). You can clearly see that Leelee is wearing nipple patches. It is still a good look.


Here On Earth

No nudity at all in Here On Earth (2000). Leelee looks lovely.


In a Dark Place

The nudity in In a Dark Place (2006) is by a topless Tara Fitzgerald, and she was about 39 at the time.

Leelee shows her bum but it could easily be a body double. We have to be content with some magnificent cleavage.



Leelee is supposed to be completely naked in L'Idole (2002) but it difficult to see anything clearly. However, some lovely caps.



Les Liaisons Dangereuses Part 1 and 2

The mini-series Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2003) is another retelling of the 18th century novel of the same name. I preferred Uma Thurman's 1988 movie, especially from a nudity point-of-view.

No nudity by Catherine Denueve,


Part 2

Nastassja Kinski

and Leelee, just Leelee's cleavage and pokies.

Part 1


Part 2



Night Train

No nudity in Night Train (2009) but Leelee is very sexy in her underwear and shows a lot of leg.


 I have included movies of the highlights.

The Glass House

Leelee looks very good in a bikini in The Glass House (2001)



The Wicker Man

There is nothing special by Leelee in The Wicker Man (2006), which is a poor quality remake of the 1973 movie. I wasn't the only one who thought so - the IMDB rating is 3.6 compared to 7.7 for the original. And there were more naked women to boot.


Uprising (2001) is the story of what happened in Warsaw during WWII.

 The most nudity comes from a naked corpse.

 Leelee is supposed to be naked but you can see the nipple patch.

Walk All Over Me

Lovely cleavage in Walk All Over Me (2007) by Leelee


and Tricia Helfer.


Film Clips

Inez Bjorg David in Go West (2010; sample below)

Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger's body double in The Burning Plain (2008; 1080p)

Nina Kunzendorf in Die Nachrichten (2005; sample below)