Don't ignore Steven Soderbergh's Side Effects

Steven Soderbergh's new fictional gem tackles real-life prescription drug problems. Photo: Open Road Films

WASHINGTON, February 8, 2013 Side Effects, much like the prescription drugs that tie the story together, should come with a warning. It may cause you to sit on the edge of your seat and forget where you are for two hours.

It couples the intelligent storytelling of Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) with a breakout performance from Rooney Mara. Channing Tatum gives a performance you wouldn’t expect, Jude Law delivers one of his best. It’s a thrill ride that matches the odd and sinister intensity of a film like Wicker Park.

The story touches on the real-life phenomenon of “cosmetic psychopharmacology” - an increasingly often occurrence where patients get their physician to prescribe medication even if they dont have the illness. This is most often done to handle some kind of temporary situation, like when someone is prescribed a beta blocker to calm nerves.

Side Effects is prescribed to be seen once, preferarably with a date, in the next week.

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