(This paragraph should sound like the last part of a drug commercial where they rush through all the side effects and disclaimers.)
If you have been exposed to any press or publicity concerning the movie Side Effects, you may anticipate the following:
-the apprehension that this is a movie that will be biased against “Big Pharma” likely to provoke a national examination on our current societal dependence on anti-depressant medication, particularly the class of medications known as SSRIs.
-an assumption that this movie will be an exposé of the over-diagnosis of depressive illness and how the uncomfortable relationship between pharmaceutical sales representatives and doctors could be hindering effective treatment.
These expectations may provoke hesitation when deciding whether to view this movie. The aforementioned symptoms are entirely intentional and will dissipate as the movie is being viewed.
(You can drop the voice now.)
Apart from Le Movie Snob, read no further press nor reviews of this movie. Just go see it.
To reveal further details of the film itself would violate my personal and professional ethical code as your movie mentor. Be assured that this is the movie that we Movie Snobs go to the movies wanting to see.
(Now bring back the voice)
Possible side effects after seeing Side Effects may include:
-profound disappointment that director Steven Soderbergh has declared this the last movie he will direct.*
-face-palming by drug companies and advertising agencies who didn’t think of the drug Ablixa‘s brilliant tag line: “Take Back Tomorrow”
-heightened brain activity at conclusion of movie accompanied by feelings of satisfaction that are associated with having been perfectly entertained.
Enfin! Un film super!
*The HBO biopic he directed about Liberace, Behind the Candelabra, has yet to air, and he will not rule out directing for television, so already having a relationship with HBO….
Mostly, he wants to paint. Like Tony Curtis. And Sir Anthony Hopkins. Not least Dennis Hopper, all of whom became better known for their painting than their work in movies.