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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Movie Review: Better Living Through Chemistry

How long can you live a life that doesn't make you happy?
In March 2014, Doug probably could have continued this way forever, but then he realized there where other options.

Directing this 91 minute comedy/drama is Geoff Moore and David Posamentier.

Helping with the chemistry is: Sam Rockwell as Doug Varney, Michelle Monaghan as Kara Varney, Olivia Wilde as Elizabeth Roberts, Ray Liotta as Jack Roberts, Ken Howard as Walter Bishop, Harrison Holzer as Ethan Varney and Jane Fonda as herself.

Doug has found himself stuck in a bit of a loop in life, everyday is the same. Which could be a good thing I guess, if he was happy. Then Doug meets Elizabeth, and she quickly turns his world upside down. Elizabeth
opens Doug's eyes to a side of life he had never seen before. after which Doug realizes he likes what he sees. Before he knows it, he's caught in a whirl wind of trouble that not only affects his personal life but his work also. This once quiet man would always back down, then he found a better way to live through chemistry.
                                               

At first, while watching the movie I just felt bad for Doug. Over and over you watch as he's pushed around and put down. So, I kind of got the feeling of what this movie was going to be like and tried to prepare myself for a slow depressing film. Then the storyline kicks into gear and I have to tell you, it was a great ride from then on. The cast did a great job, and come to find out the main stars were supposed to be Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Garner. Which I have to tell you, as much as I like Renner and Garner, after watching the film I couldn't see anyone else playing the role better than Rockwell and Wilde. Even though I've never been a big fan of Wilde's, she still did really good. The playthrough surprised me. What I thought was going to be some depressing movie about picking on the weakling was more of an awakening of life in what could be a real life playthrough. I'm sure many of us have walked to the edge of chaos and by some luck have found our way back, changed yes but unharmed. Who knows, stranger things have happened in life right? So, overall, this has a good storyline with an entertaining playthough that makes this one worth seeing. 

It's rated NR (not rated) but has drug use and language.

3 stars.


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