The first trailer for Love and Other Drugs was just released last week, and it’s all Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway banging, falling in love, and being generally charming. But maybe that was all a bit too light. Today, a second trailer for the film has been released, this one making explicit that Hathaway’s character has Parkinson’s disease (and that Gyllenhaal sells lots and lots of Viagra). It’s as if the studio felt it had to bow to popular demand for more Parkinson’s in movies — which, if you take popular demand to mean the vagaries of the Oscar race, might not be so far from the truth! As Terms of Endearment and Steel Magnolias have demonstrated (a while ago), a romantic comedy is not a contender unless someone is dying. Thus, now we have Love and Other Drugs, with someone dying.
Check out the first, Parkinson’s free trailer.