Side Effects

A psychiatrist prescribes antidepressants for a young woman who has recently attempted suicide. The drug has some interesting side effects. Things go seriously sideways from there, and a movie that you think is going to be a polemic on the pharmaceutical industry becomes — something else.

I’m not generally a fan of Steven Soderbergh, but the way he deftly handles the plot twists and turns here makes me sorry he’s announced his retirement. Jude Law, whose career has had some serious sideways turns of its own, is the best here that he’s been in years.  And the supporting cast (Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones) is very strong too.

An interesting and well-made movie, but probably too intense for younger children.

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