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At Theaters: 2/8/2013 On Video: 5/21/2013
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 46 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600046
Studio: Open Road Films
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Emily and Martin, a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist -- intended to treat anxiety -- has unexpected side effects.
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Drama Thriller - This is a dramatic thriller for adults that takes a serious look at society's obsession and dependence on drugs to treat psychological issues while telling a twisty thriller story. This is a showcase for Jude Law and Rooney Mara while Catherine Zeta-Jones has a strong supporting role; fans of Channing Tatum may be disappointed by his fairly limited screen time. Language, sex, violence, and adult subject matter make the film not for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jude Law SHERLOCK HOLMES, ANNA KARENINA
Rooney Mara THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Catherine Zeta-Jones BROKEN CITY, TRAFFIC
Channing Tatum MAGIC MIKE, THE VOW
Director: Steven Soderbergh MAGIC MIKE, HAYWIRE, CONTAGION
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About the Production
Doctors and Patients
Behind the Scenes of SIDE EFFECTS
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 16 F-words; 5 S-words; 1 GD; one other.
SEX/NUDITY: Sex with related nudity; women kiss.
VIOLENCE: Slaps and a stabbing.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent pills; alcohol.
ACTION: A car crash.
COMEDY: None.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good ...the movie is content to keep viewers engaged by changing our perceptions of events and characters as the plot unfolds.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good The music tells us what kind of movie 'Side Effects' is going to be. It coils beneath what seems like a realistic plot and whispers that something haunted and possessed is going on.

USA Today Full Review
Average With a strong first half and mild finale, thriller loses its potency.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Average Like a gel cap in a sip of orange juice, the psycho-pharmacological thriller 'Side Effects' goes down easily, even if its long-term impact turns out to be barely dis­cern­ible.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 64 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
1
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
3
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
Low
67%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
7
About 50/50
86%
30+Adults (M)
20
Fairly High
90%
30+Adults (F)
30
Fairly High
97%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 64 moviegoers:
TEENS:The one male loved "Side Effects" as did the females.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:The three male reviews are low to very low. The female reviews are better but still very mixed. Close to a third loved it, a few more rated it above average, but over half rated it average to well below average. These are really too mixed to be of much help.
ADULTS: A few males loved it and a few rated it low, but most rated it a movie they enjoyed very much. About a third thought it was average. The female reviews are slightly better with more loving "Side Effects." Overall, two-thirds of both males and females enjoyed this movie very much with just a small percentage rating it below average.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
SIDE EFFECTS is a provocative thriller about Emily and Martin (Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum), a successful New York couple whose world unravels when a new drug prescribed by Emily's psychiatrist (Jude Law) -- intended to treat anxiety -- has unexpected side effects.

Emily (Academy Award nominee Rooney Mara) and Martin Taylor (Channing Tatum) are a young, beautiful, wealthy couple living the good life, with a mansion, a sailboat and every luxury money can buy -- until Martin is sent to prison for insider trading. For four years, Emily waits for him in a tiny apartment in upper Manhattan, but his release is just as devastating as his incarceration and Emily sinks into a deep depression.

After a failed suicide attempt, psychiatrist Jonathan Banks (Academy Award nominee Jude Law) is called in to consult on Emily's case. Desperate not to be hospitalized, Emily agrees to a regimen of therapy and antidepressants, a decision that will change the lives of everyone involved. When Emily's symptoms don't improve, Banks prescribes a new medication that quiets her demons. But the side effects of the drug have chilling consequences: marriages are ruined, Banks' practice is decimated and someone is dead -- but who is responsible? Devastated by this professional setback, Banks becomes obsessed with finding an answer. But the truth he uncovers threatens to destroy whatever is left of his career and his private life.

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