My Take – Sam Rockwell is one of those rare underrated actors who can jell himself into any role in front of him. Here he takes his character of Doug from zero to hero and back and forth across the blurring lines like a master. Directed by debutant duo Geoff Moore & David Posamentier, have proved a how a simple story can be told in a good way.
Yes! the film is filled with cliches, but that can be attributed to the fact that one has watched too many movies (I’m mainly talking about myself here). For a “small” movie that is quite an impressive cast that assembles here and it does show on screen. Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde were fantastic. Just a pure gold acting performance. The chemistry between the two is great too, and you wish they had more scenes together. Ray Liotta acting as a nice guy was quite odd to watch, but also exciting, he really did the job well. but Michele Monaghan is disappointing as Rockwell’s wife. Her character is shallow and quite annoying, I am not sure if they wanted us to feel that way.
Better Living Through Chemistry shows how in some moment another woman or a person can pushes you in the right direction to change to become a free-spirit person and start taking care about yourself. Of course, it was not a very healthy way – meaning there were some drugs involved. But again, the situation shown is quite truthful: if we want good changes – sometimes it’s not possible to do everything right all the way, & of course, being a movie, there were some lucky coincidences which help our main character to come out clean from all the problems finally. I recommend this movie if you got nothing else to watch, there is some language, and a very adult story line, but for the most part it is harmless humor, and ironic things that just happen.
Rated – R
Run Time – 91 minutes