- Actors: Sandy Adell, David M. Ames, John Apple, Ron Baumgartner, Collin Spencer
- Directors: Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau
- Writers: Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau
- Producers: Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, Dan Kattman, David Shoshan, Holly Mosher, Katherine Heigl
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full length, Letterboxed, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: Hummingbird Pictures
- Release Date: May 16 2006
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000EOTSA0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #283,249 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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A well-intentioned film about a young pharmaceutical rep who is torn between earning a good living and living a good life, Side Effects tells the story of Karly Hert, portrayed by Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy, Roswell), who also executive produced the project. Karly works for a company whose motto is "To protect and prolong life." But what they really mean is prolong their own) lives by making as much money as possible. Based on writer-director Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau's previous career as a legal pill pusher, Side Effects is a comedy with an agenda. Its goal is to educate viewers about the dangers of an uneducated sales force telling doctors which drugs to prescribe--regardless of the side effects. While Slattery-Moschkau is heavy handed in her delineation of who is good (the patients) and evil (the drug reps), her semi-autobiographical Karly is relatable. When we meet her, Karly has no patience with her pod-like boss. When her employer rhetorically asks, "How do you think I ended up in management?" Karly zings back, "There are rumors." But as she herself moves up in the company and earns expensive perks, Karly is seduced. Heigl gives an earnest, likable performance, especially during scenes with Lucian McAfee, who plays her boyfriend Zach. While her Norma Rae moment at the end of the film doesn't ring quite true, it gives the movie a fitting ending that ties together all the loose ends. --Jae-Ha Kim
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Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy) delivers a stunning performance in "Side Effects"...funny, sexy, captivating...she commands the screen.
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But the movie has heart and a winning lead actress in Katherine Heigl, and this movie has become one of my guilty pleasures. As a medical professional, I have heard all of the arguments for and against drug reps as depicted in this film, but the scenes where Karly shows how hard it is to do her job were particularly convicting. Corporate ethics aside, these are personal issues, and most of these people are just trying to pay the bills. The movie really humanizes the industry reps, even if the characters themselves aren't exactly three-dimensional.
And yes, Katherine Heigl takes her top off. Twice. I would consider it exploitative except that she executive produced this movie, and in that case, if you've got it, flaunt it. The brief nudity does fit logically into the scenes.
In the end, I recommend watching this movie with as light a heart as possible (and a little vodka, if you've got it). It's not revolutionary, but it raises good discussion points, and it will give you a fix until you can see Katherine Heigl on the far superior Grey's Anatomy.