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Comedy - Adult

Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

Duration1h 31m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: 
Source of storyA DuPont advertising phrase from the 1930s “Better Things for Better Living through Chemistry”. 
DirectorGeoff Moore, David Posamentier
Writers/ScriptGeoff Moore, David Posamentier
StarringSam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Jane Fonda, Ray Liotta, Norbert Leo Butz, Ken Howard, 
RatingsIMDb: 6.3 by 14,294 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 22% by 36 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: Doug Varney is a chemist. He is ignored in all respects by his fitness fanatic wife Kara, and is downtrodden by his father-in-law whose drug store he has inherited. But it all changes when he delivers a prescription to Elizabeth the rich spoilt and addicted wife of a financier who is never at home in her massive mansion. She is on something when she grabs Doug, pulls him inside the house and seduces him. Their affair blossoms and is enhanced by drug combinations Doug concocts. But the DEA is interested in his records so he welcomes Elizabeth’s plan that they should murder her husband and fly away. How does it go?

Content: there is sex. The IMDb review says that when they are having sex in the chemists “the camera concentrates in some ornaments of pigs mating”. So no nudity then but quite a bit of thrusting. Obviously a lot of drug taking since it is the theme of the film and some consumption of alcohol. The DEA visits the pharmacy causing Doug some problems and feelings of impending doom. Doug has some trouble with his son, who is obsessed with ninja stuff, he improves their relationship by joining in. 

A View: I am a bit of a Sam Rockwell fan which attracted me to the film but don’t go much for narration, which is escessive here, even when Jane Fonda is the narrator. We don’t need her to tell us that Doug is causing a shitstorm out there with Elizabeth. It was almost a good film, but maybe that was its problem. It was almost something but did not quite make it. You could have it on while doing somthing else.

Additional Ifo: Estimated to have cost about $5 million and returned about $175,000. Oh dear.

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