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NY1 Movie Review: "Better Living Through Chemistry"

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Actors Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde are starring in "Better Living Through Chemistry," a new dark comedy about two unhappy people who change their lives with the help of drugs. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following report.

Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde star in a new dark comedy that's narrated by Jane Fonda. It's called "Better Living Through Chemistry."

Rockwell plays Doug, a straight laced, by the book, small town pharmacist. He's also quite henpecked by his wife, played by Michelle Monaghan who gives him no respect.

Enter Elizabeth, a new customer of Doug, played by Wilde. She's a pill popping, hot mess, trophy wife who's hubby, Ray Liotta, is never around. She's miserable with her life and shares her feelings very openly with Doug.

Pretty soon, these two start having an affair as Elizabeth convinces Doug to start making and taking his own pharmaceuticals so he can be happier and they can have better sex . In the process, Doug transforms from a wimp into a drug fueled, throw caution to the wind, out of control sort of guy.

Things get further complicated when Doug and Elizabeth contemplate knocking of her husband while a DEA agent, played by Broadway star Norbert Leo Butz, starts investigating why there are so many missing pills at Doug's pharmacy.

As he's demonstrated in the past, Sam Rockwell is a terrific actor with lots of range and he's utterly convincing here as both the timid and the nervy Doug. Wilde is also spot on, teaching Doug a thing or two about sex, restoring his manhood and completely changing his life. She's a hoot to watch and together they have great comedic chemistry.

It's a good first time effort from co-writers and co-directors Geoff Moore and David Posamentier who show promise with this little film. It's basically a satirical look at suburbia, small town America, marriage, infidelity and the drug culture and there are several laughs along the way.

Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: Three Apples

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