Anne Hathaway Shows Support for Parkinson Foundation

by Jane Boursaw on November 27, 2010

anne-hathaway-love-other-drugs-2 I always love it when a celebrity uses their stardom or project to shine a light on important causes. In ‘Love and Other Drugs,’ Anne Hathaway plays a 20-something woman with Parkinson’s Disease.

I saw the movie last night and thought it was pretty good – and we certainly got to see a lot of co-stars Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. There weren’t any full-out nude scenes, but we saw lots of butts and breasts as the two damaged people navigated their way through a relationship.

Don’t expect a romantic comedy, though. It’s more drama than comedy. Directed by Edward Zwick (‘thirtysomething’), the film is based on the book ‘Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman’ by Jamie Reidy.

But more importantly, I hope the movie brings attention to Parkinson’s Disease and helps to further the research and development of a cure. At a recent screening of the film, Hathaway posed with Bonnie Strauss, founder and president of the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation.

Are you planning on seeing the movie? What are your thoughts on movies that help to bring attention to great causes?


Anne Hathaway with Founder and President Bonnie Strauss, at a screening of her film ‘Love & Other Drugs’ for the Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation; photo courtesy of Sunshine, Sachs & Associates

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Alexandra November 29, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I think celebrity should serve for more than getting the best seats in restaurants, so, yes, I totally think stars need to support causes. I was wondering whether this script is based on fact? Can one get early onset Parkinsons’ that young? Do you know how old Michael J. Fox was when he got it? My cousin got it at 60 and believed it was because her dad sprayed herbicides every weekend on the climbing roses that grew outside her window. Matt Damon has a foundation for water in other countries, but not here. Would like to see him do the same here. I admire Mark Ruffalo for speaking out about hydro-fracking but it seems to have gotten him in trouble as he was put on a terrorist list in PA, apparently. Ugh!
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Ruth Pennebaker November 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

I think it’s wonderful when celebrities use their star-wattage for meaningful causes like this. Not sure I want to see the movie, though.
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s December 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm

I’m with Ruth, I think it’s great when a celeb lends their wattage to a worthy cause. This film is an interesting hybrid isn’t it? Part rom-com, part tear jerker, part sex fest, part Judd Apatow like gross out humor, part disease movie all rolled into one.

One of the best scenes I thought was when Hathaway’s character slips into a meeting where people with Parkinson’s tell it how it really is. I assume these folks were for real — not actors — do you know, Jane?

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