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Side Effects, a semi-autobiographical comedy by neophyte writer-director Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, stars Katherine Heigl (My Father the Hero, The Ringer) as Karly Hert, an employee for a major pharmaceutical house, who deeply values her position at the firm but gently questions company ethics. She meets and falls for Zach (Lucian McAfee who works for a week as a sales rep for Karly's firm before he becomes totally disgusted with shaky corporate mores and books it to head out into the country and build his own house. Karly is ready to follow him, until the money starts rolling in. Soon,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A bad movie on a vital topic."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"of all the people affected by big drug company scams, do we really care about the ethical dilemmas faced by gorgeous salespeople?"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, Los Angeles CityBeat
"This scrappy look at the pharmaceutical industry is a hard pill to swallow."
‑ , E! Online
"While Slattery-Moschkau is obviously coming from a very earnest place -- a card before the final credits compares the annual budget for the pharmaceutical industry to that of her own film -- it doesn't make the overall effort any less clumsy."
‑ Mark Olsen, L.A. Weekly
"This is an agitprop effort to get viewers to think about the side effects of one industry's profit motive and how that affects consumers."
‑ Michele Kenner, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The material is all there to be a scathing, timely commentary on the pharmaceutical industry - when presented this way, it's a watered down version of the truth."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Spectacularly lame dialogue, stilted direction, amateurish production values and a soundtrack that distracts from the film as a whole."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"It's when the film loses the laughs and turns into a heavy-handed melodrama in the third act that the film sputters."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"With enough material for a nice short, Side Effects is stretched past the breaking point at ninety-nine minutes."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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