Posted by Nancy Mazonson
I can’t tell you how many people told me I HAD to see the new movie with Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs, because Anne Hathaway’s character has Parkinson’s disease. Until now, most of the mainstream media mention of Parkinson’s has focused on either Michael J. Fox or Mohammed Ali, so even though this is not a movie I would ordinarily rush out to see, I was curious to see what Hollywood would do with a romantic comedy about Parkinson’s disease.
While rather inauthentic in its physical depiction of Parkinson’s, the movie does attempt to touch on the emotional challenges of facing life with an unpredictable chronic disease.