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Better Living Through Chemistry (2014)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 14 March 2014 (USA)
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A strait-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Rockwell ... Doug Varney
Olivia Wilde ... Elizabeth Roberts
Michelle Monaghan ... Kara Varney
Jane Fonda ... Pharmacy Customer
Ray Liotta ... Jack Roberts
Norbert Leo Butz ... Agent Andrew Carp
Ben Schwartz ... Noah
Ken Howard ... Walter Bishop
Jenn Harris ... Janet
Harrison Holzer ... Ethan Varney
Peter Jacobson ... Dr. Roth
Sonnie Brown Sonnie Brown ... Principal Song-Carmichael
Ron Heneghan Ron Heneghan ... Officer Willits
Ken Arnold ... Ed
Tracy McMullan ... Bree Bishop
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A strait-laced pharmacist's uneventful life spirals out of control when he starts an affair with a trophy-wife customer who takes him on a joyride involving sex, drugs and possibly murder. Written by Occupant Films

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Happiness has no formula.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blonde sur ordonnance See more »

Filming Locations:

Annapolis, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$46,435, 16 March 2014

Gross USA:

$75,143

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$120,823
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Judi Dench was originally going to narrate the movie before she dropped out and Jane Fonda was cast. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jane Fonda: [narrating] Ya can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
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Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.19 (2014) See more »

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Out of Your Mind
Written by Christopher Vaughn
Performed by Chris Vaughn
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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Is life better through chemistry?
16 March 2014 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a suburban pharmacist undergoing a midlife crisis. His life spirals out of control when he meets a beautiful female customer.

"Better Living Through Chemistry" spends an adequate amount of time building up a picture of Douglas' the unpleasant life. He is constantly undermined by his loved ones, and it does not feel great to be him. I feel for him, and I think Sam Rockwell does well in making me care for his character. Douglas' life changes quickly after Elizabeth arrives, some for the better and some for the worse. There is much food for thought, especially whether life is better through chemistry. The build up of the policeman plus DEA agent encounter is well done as well! It really got the character and me as well. I enjoy watching "Better Living Through Chemistry" a lot, as it gives people bits to chew on, reflecting on their own lives.


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