Love & Other Drugs (and other complications in between)

02 February 2011

Last Friday I met with my girl friends Poly and Mich at TriNoma to bond over delicious food. I get to see Mich at the office and at home almost everyday (we're team-mates AND neighbors hrhr) but we rarely get to see Poly because she has a different schedule but we try to find time for girly dates at least once a month.

We ate at our favorite Bigoli ^^,

We stuffed our faces full with Tomato Soup, Vegetable Salad, Spaghetti Bolognese, Cheese Overload Pizza, and Italian Chicken with Rice
I really love this restaurant and will forever recommend it to everyone who will listen! Mucho delicioso!

I seriously think I gained at least half a pound after that Italian food love-fest :D
After eating we decided to watch Love & Other Drugs starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. It is about a commitment-phobe pharmaceutical rep Jamie (Jake) who meets and falls in love with Maggie (Anne), an artist who is afflicted with Parkinson's disease. In the beginning they were only after the sex (and there were LOTS of it, I tell ya) but things started to be a bit more complicated the way things do when feelings get involved.

I didn't really have any high expectations with the movie at all but I ended up liking it so much. Anne and Jake are very good actors (their eyes, oh I want Anne's expressive eyes!), their chemistry is electrifying, the lines are very funny, it's a trip down 90's memory lane (the story happened circa 1996), and the lead actors are both so gorgeous (I have always believed Anne is one of the most beautiful ladies in Hollywood right now, while Jake, oh Jake where do I even begin?)! This blog has always been a General Patronage-rated site so I won't tell you that I liked seeing Jake's ass very, very much.

Sometimes I don't like watching romantic comedies because of the effect they have on me. Actually, I am affected by movies of all genre so let's just scratch that first statement. Watching romantic comedies make me question my own love life and make me wonder why my story with so and so guy did not end the way the lead actors' did. When the movie ended I found it hard to stand up because I just wanted to savor the feeling of having something fictional affect me that way. It really did you know, as I was able to identify with the hero's and heroine's dilemma. I was also involved in a non-committal "relationship" which I thought was going great, until it ended abruptly.

As they say, in love, it's not the falling down that hurts. It's the sudden stop.

I wish my own story ended the way Jake's and Maggie's did, but there were too many complications and kinks that couldn't be straightened out. I wish he was able to get past his fears and take a leap of faith with me.  He doesn't even have to have Jake's body (although that would be nice heh), I just wish he's still there, and maybe say these lines to me, too:

“Hey, let’s just say in some alternate universe, there’s a couple that’s just like us. Only, she’s healthy and he’s… he’s perfect. And their world is about how much money they’re gonna spend on vacation, or who’s having a bad mood that day, or whether they feel guilty about having a cleaning lady. I don’t wanna be those people. I want us. You. This.
But meh, he's already gone, so enough with the wishing and get on with the moving on part, Krissybeb.

Tell me again why moving on is so difficult? I guess it's because during the times I was with him, I really felt genuinely happy, like I was invincible and nothing can go wrong. I can understand and sympathize with Maggie's very touching line in the black-and-white video Jamie shot with the handycam:

Deym Love & Other Drugs, why do you have to affect me this way? T_T

The movie had different effects on the three of us girls in three different circumstances: me who've recently (if you call ten months ago recent heh) had her heart broken, Mich who hasn't had a boyfriend yet, and Poly who is now in a very loving relationship. I can go on and on, but for the lovebirds, it certainly makes you appreciate your partner more when you realize how hard it is to find that one person who can melt your heart and weaken your knees.

Frustrations are best washed with generous servings of Red Mango Frozen Yogurt. Mine was topped with pineapples and Mandarin oranges ♥
I am so gonna get the DVD when it comes out on March 1.

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