Better Living Through Chemistry 2014 NR CC

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A pharmacist's uneventful life is turned inside out when a chance encounter turns into a walk on the wild side in this murderously funny dark comedy starring Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde.

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Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde
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1 hour 32 minutes

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Better Living Through Chemistry

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Geoff Moore, David Posamentier
Starring Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde
Supporting actors Michelle Monaghan, Jane Fonda, Ray Liotta, Norbert Leo Butz, Ben Schwartz, Ken Howard, Jenn Harris, Harrison Holzer, Peter Jacobson, Sonnie Brown, Ron Heneghan, Ken Arnold, Tracy McMullan, Bethany Hoffman, Wil Love, Michael Shawn Montgomery, Amanda Ellis, Regen Wilson
Studio Universal Pictures
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

Great movie, great acting.
reader
There was nothing overly entertaining in the film, yet at the same time I wasn't bored waiting for something to happen.
The Movie Guy
Sam Rockwell does a great job of playing his somewhat downtrodden character.
steve young

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 14, 2014
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"Better Living Through Chemistry" (2014 release; 92 min.) brings the story of Doug Varney (played by Sam Rockwell), who is stuck in an unhappy marriage, and who has just bought the pharmacy from his father-in-law. One evening, Doug is making house deliveries of prescriptions, and one of those deliveries is to a McMansion, where the doorbell is answered by Elizabeth, a beautiful yet bored and unhappy housewife (played by Olivia Wilde). It's not long before Doug and Elizabeth hit it off, setting Doug on a path of personal discovery. In a parallel story, Doug is dealing with his 12 year old son who is going through a tough stretch himself. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, this is the big screen debut of Geoff Moore and David Posamentier, who co-directed and also co-wrote this original screenplay. Second, this is one of those 'little' indie movies that just could, as the movie doesn't take itself too seriously yet before you know it 90 min. have come and gone. Third, the character of Doug is of course crucial to the success of the movie. Originally schedule to be played by Jeremy Renner (who bowed out due to schedule conflicts), Sam Rockwell, whom we saw excel just last year in "The Way, Way Back", gives a commanding performance as Doug, and basically carries the movie on his shoulders. There are many other smaller choice roles, including of course Olivia Wilde, but check out also Ray Liotta as the husband of Elizabeth (max 15 min. of screen time), and Jane Fonda as herself at the very end (in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it role, but she does provide the voice-over along the movie). Fourth, the movie was filmed in and around Annapolis, MD, which looks just gorgeous.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By steve young on April 22, 2014
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Super funny. Sam Rockwell does a great job of playing his somewhat downtrodden character. And Olivia Wilde complements him well. Overall, an easy, funny, low stress movie that's only an hour and a half long.
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Format: DVD
In a small idyllic town, the village pharmacist knows everyone's secrets. Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) has a fitness compulsive wife (Michelle Monaghan) an unruly child (Harrison Holzer) and an irritating narrator (Jane Fonda). Stuck in a rut he meets rich wife Elizabeth (Olivia Wilde) who breaks Doug out and instills confidence in him through an affair and pills.

The film reminded me of a generic Magnolia indie. Let's throw together some quirky characters, get a couple of names, create an unlikely scenario, toss in a few cliches, an appropriate sound track and stir. There was nothing overly entertaining in the film, yet at the same time I wasn't bored waiting for something to happen. For those who can't get enough of the clever and quirky indies, you might get a quick fix from this film.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. Sex.
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The story, mostly narration, paints a glum picture for pharmacist Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell). His wife (Michelle Monaghan) is a self-centered daddy's girl. His son is an out of control defecator. His father-in-law rules the roost. Well you get the picture.

Then he saw her face; customer Elizabeth Roberts (Elizabeth Roberts) is everything he ever wanted. She leads him down the rabbit hole to explore sex, drugs and possibly murder.

As his world unravels we unravel with him. Looks like he has had it.

I was caught off guard with the cameo at the end. I should have suspected from the narration.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By frank y on March 17, 2014
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As a Sam Rockwell fan I enjoyed his performance he did a very good job but for some reason(writing, directing or chemistry) it wasn't his best work, overall the movie was ok. The chemistry between Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Monaghan was good........in spots but it just didn't carry throughout the whole movie. The one thing that I didn't care for was narration by Jane Fonda, that was a head scratcher for me, it just did not work. If you are a big fan of The Way Way Back and are expecting(hoping) the same you will be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Van Hagen on July 10, 2014
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Loved it. Socially incorrect storyline with a feel good ride.
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By D. Andre on August 28, 2014
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Had to return this to the library unwatched, but my question is: Why is it MPAA-unrated? My 16-yr-old daughter got ahold of it and I have no idea if this was a nice little PG number or an R-worthy sex & drug fest. I understand when docus and homemade horror movies are unrated, but this is a legit film-company release. WHY NO MPAA RATING?
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Great movie, great acting. Wonderful dark comedy. Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell make it a fun use of your time.
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