The Side Effects (2013)


The Side Effects is a thriller from director Steven Soderbergh about a woman who uses prescription medication to help cope with the return of her husband, who was just released from prison.

There isn’t a whole ton about the film yet, but it appears the doctor who prescribes the meds to main character Emily (played by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara) isn’t the best of guys, and may be infatuated or having an affair with her. As the title of the film suggests, the woman experiences some SIDE EFFECTS as a result of taking the drugs, and at some point a woman is found dead in her house. As her husband is an ex-con, he’s immediately a suspect, but he may not be the killer. Perhaps it’s Emily. Perhaps it’s her doctor.

There are so many… side effects to getting involved with a patient, aren’t there? I’ve always found this to be the case when I put on my fake lab coat and give therapy to women in need. It’s my way of giving back, plus I bang them. 🙂


The Side Effects

The Side Effects is one of Steven Soderbergh’s many retirement films. He keeps saying he’s going to retire, right after he finishes these 40 more films. So maybe when he’s 95 years old he’ll finally retire. The screenplay comes from Soderbergh’s recent partner in crime, Scott Burns, who wrote The Informant! and Contagion. They’re pretty good together I suppose.



The Side Effects Trailer

The Side Effects Release Date

February 8, 2013.

Who’s In It?

Channing Tatum
Vinessa Shaw
Rooney Mara … Emily Hawkins
Jude Law
Catherine Zeta-Jones

What’s Good About It?

I think the film is fairly accurate in its portrayal of a woman married to Channing Tatum needing prescription meds to help deal with this. I know I’d need a TON.

The trailer isn’t half bad, and much of the plot is pretty good. I’m personally on the fence when it comes to prescription meds. Part of me thinks many people are on them that don’t need to be, but at the same time if they help, how is that bad?

So I’m totally cool with watching a film about this.

What’s Bad About It?

Channing Tatum is becoming a greater and greater presence, I mean menace, at the theaters.

Our Clever Prediction

I think much like many of Soderbergh’s latest films, The Side Effects will be a moderate success commercially, but a fair critical hit. Don’t expect big numbers.

Unless the Tatum turns on his magic…