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January 21, 2013
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Mark your calendars, there’s more Channing Tatum headed your way! Next month on February 8th the movie Side Effects will hit theaters, starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and a southern favorite, Channing Tatum (ok, maybe we’re slightly biased because he recently opened a joint down here in New Orleans, Saints and Sinners, making him more locally accessible in some small way, but did you SEE Magic Mike?!). And really, it’s not just because of Mr. Tatum — I love a good suspense thriller, and this one comes from director Steven Soderbergh, the same guy that brought you Contagion, so you know it’s not just some slap-dash piece.

The basic premise: Rooney Mara‘s character is trying to cope with anxiety issues and her husband’s impending release from prison (enter Channing Tatum), and gets introduced to a new wonder-drug called Ablixa that’s prescribed by her therapist, Jude Law. But there are side effects. And not your average “may cause excessive drowsiness or disorientation” side effects — the film is billed as a pharmaceutical thriller for a reason. And that may be one of the bits that piques my curiosity most: I grew up in a household of (what I considered to be) overmedication, and as an adult harbor a pretty heavy fear of pill-popping; the only marketed drugs you’ll find around here is OTC junk for headaches and the random cold/flu outbreak. I recognize the necessity in some cases, but am terrified of the ease with which problems can be swept under the rug with the scrawl of a script pad, and the whole pharmaceutical machine behind it. I mean, have you listened to some of the side effects on drug commercials lately?! Eegads, no thanks, I’ll deal with my achy back and acid reflux in a more holistic way thankyouverymuch.

Anyway, I digress — the point is, this movie’s kind of a three-fer: good cast, solid director, and a subject matter/genre that I’m into sitting in a dark theater and digging through. The trailer doesn’t reveal a whole lot, but that’s sort of the point of a good thriller: you get the setup, but have to go through the journey of watching it to really reveal the storyline (still not really sure where Catherine Zeta-Jones slides into the storyline, but she’s definitely in there). Check out the trailer here for yourself:

So I did some nails up in anticipation of the suspenseful moodiness: in alternating nails, I used HITS Zeus (the grey one) and OPI Die Another Day to lay down some moody grey holo and metal red on my nails, then painted in the title of the movie, a pink Ablixa pill, and a general red cross (that was also used on the promo posters). Forgive the dark pictures, it was raining and dark all day so I did the best with what we’re dealing with around here.

Side Effects Nails


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89 Responses

  1. Amy says:

    Channing. Tatum. Nuff said!!! ;-)

  2. Sydney says:

    CHANNING TATUM. plus I have those same fears of over-prescription and -medication so the plot premise looks interesting!

  3. stacey says:

    Tatum!! And I like Spielberg movies :)

  4. eRiN says:

    Because I hear a lot about the pharm industry and it kind of freaks me out … and also because Channing Tatum. Lol

  5. Wendy Waren says:

    After watching Contagion, I assumed I would be absolutely paranoid by the possibility of a deadly outbreak. However, the cast, the subject matter and the shortage of dialogue that is absolutely refreshing at times, I now find myself surfing over to it whenever it’s playing on cable.

    With the quick turn by many to medicate for this reason or that, the side effects often seem so much worse. Ablixa sounds like oblivious, so I’m interested to see how the script plays out.

    Same director, Jude Law, thiller. I’m in.

  6. Malaika says:

    I saw this trailer and it had me on the edge of my seat! Looks so thrilling from start to end.

    also… I have adored Channing Tatum since FOREVER … LOL

  7. Elena says:

    I’m excited to see it because I like Jude Law! :D

  8. Kerry says:

    I’m excited because I love suspense movies and this looks like it has some great actors in it too!

  9. Gia says:

    Awesome! I love the premise with the meds, and the casting looks great too. Thx! Xo

  10. Devin M. says:

    All I need to know is Channing tatum and Jude law will be in the same movie. Hello eye candy!

  11. karen says:

    i love suspense movies; especially when they’re smart, too!

  12. Ashley Hatten says:

    I’m excited to see this because the cast is AMAZING and the movie plot sounds like one we would love! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  13. Rachel says:

    Aside from Mr. Tatum, I LOVE a good suspense movie!! This trailer definitely has me anxious to see it!! Seeing this in my FAVORITE city of NYC would be 10000000x better!!!! Also, love your nails!

  14. tara pittman says:

    a good thriller

  15. Stephen Craig says:

    Love to go to NYC for free

  16. Tammy S says:

    I am excited to see side Effects because I love suspense movies. I also like the cast of this movie.

  17. Bonnie says:

    Jude Law, amazing actor, plus Channing Tatum, hunky actor = 1 must see chick flick!

  18. rachel says:

    I like thrillers…this one looks intense. And there’s some great actors in it!

  19. Dori Gray says:

    New York City, yea!

  20. Erika says:

    I’m excited to see this because I really love psychological thrillers…and Jude Law isn’t too bad either. :)
    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  21. Melissa says:

    I seem to be on a Channing Tatum kick lately. I’ve watched several of his movies in the last couple weeks. I would love to continue that!

  22. Sophia says:

    Jude Law + a thriller … that sounds great. I’ll probably have my eyes covered half the time, but I love these kind of movies.

  23. Merle M says:

    I like Catherine Zeta-Jones and this film looks interesting

  24. LAMusing says:

    Excited to see Jude Law and I love a good thriller!

  25. sandra says:

    i’m excited because i love jude law

  26. Deborah says:

    I love a good story with great actors! Never been to NYC so this would be extra fun. thanks.

  27. Amelia says:

    I love Jude law and Channing tatum! Well who doesn’t?! Plus it looks like a great movie and the first preview I saw for it I knew I would have to see it!(:

  28. Channing Tatum on the big screen is reason enough to get excited about this movie, but the preview makes it look like a really great thriller too!

    Twitter: The preview sold me. I am very intrigued about what those pills might have made her do. Here’s my (Twitter tout: https://twitter.com/iruninheels/status/294920680699478016)

    Lindsey @ I Run in Heels

  29. G Andolina says:

    Every new Soderbergh movie is a real treat since he forces you to think as part of the experience of watching the movie.It’s like playing chess, except it’s watching a movie.

  30. Emily N. says:

    I’m excited to see Side Effects because I like the actors that are in the movie.

  31. Amy Tong says:

    I love the trailer. This is the kind of movie that my hubby and I love to watch. It’ll make a great V-day movie night. SO, I’m excited to see it.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  32. Jacquelynn Franklin says:

    Thank you, for holding such a wonderful giveaway, I truly appreciate it! As a 3 time cancer survivor (age 10, brain tumor[Menegeoma], age 21 Uterine Cancer [discovered when I was 6 months pregnant], age 36 skin cancer), as well as a Service Connected Disabled Veteran (US Army 6 years). I currently am battling Fibromyalgia, Chronic Neuropathy, arthritis and Compressed Disc’s in my back (I am 3 inches shorter than I used to be).
    Because I have taken so may pharmacuticals in my life, this film really interests me! Plus it has Tatum Channing in it!

  33. Katherine G. says:

    Looks like a great movie!

  34. Evelyn B says:

    Wow your nails look great! I don’t know much about this movie so I am going to look it up ( i don’t watch many movies but I’m always up for a good one!) Thank you for your generosity :)

  35. vickie smith says:

    Lovee thhe trailer! Canlt waitto see the movvie!! Even betteer to ssee it in new york cityy!! PPS LLove tthe nnailss!

  36. Eva C says:

    I wanted to see this movie regardless of the location I also believe in over prescribed under developed diagnoses I want to see what the movie puts into perspective for the public’s eye I want to see if they are really trying to send a message or if at the end big pharma paid off the movie makers to say that she was crazy and it wasn’t the pill as to not hurt their rep. I am curious and I would love to see this is NY love the big apple!

  37. Sue says:

    Jude Law!

  38. Betty C says:

    I’m really excited to see a great cast in the kind of movie that I especially like. Love Jude Law!!

  39. Shannon S. says:

    Channing Tatum? Yes, PLEASE! I love a thriller too!

  40. Victoria Biggs says:

    Can’t wait to see this movie! It looks very good….and a trip to NY wouldnt be so bad either since I’ve never been there before! Thank you for the opportunity!

  41. rachel travis says:

    Hello, what movie wouldn’t I watch when Channing Tatum is part of it?! Thanks for the chance to win ;)

    rachelmarietravis at gmail dot com

  42. rachel travis says:

    I tweeted – Here is my URL: https://twitter.com/RMTSweeps/status/296990896229068801

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  43. Georgia says:

    The Trailer looks so good, cannot wait for the movie!

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  44. cw says:

    I am excited to go because I haven’t been to a movie in months…it sound like a great movie

  45. Karina Lee says:

    i can’t wait to see Jude Law

  46. Elizabeth says:

    The actors, director and who doesn’t like a good movie!

  47. Susan P. says:

    Good actors in this movie and sounds like a good movie.

  48. Susan P. says:

    Good actors and sounds like a good movie.

  49. Mary W says:

    I am a big fan of Steven Soderbergh’s thrillers and this one looks promising.

  50. Melissa says:

    It sounds like an interesting plot, but mainly I’m excited for Rooney Mara, she’s so gorgeous!

  51. Amanda Troyer says:

    Looks like a great movie! So glad to see Rooney Mara in something different!

  52. Wehaf says:

    I’m excited because I love thrillers, and this one is definitely not a typical one!

  53. Allison says:

    Great cast. And I am almost through with nurse practitioner school and find that many of my naturopathic tendencies do not drive with my colleagues. Interesting looking flick.

  54. Juli says:

    I want to see this movie!

  55. Wild Orchid says:

    I am excited to see it because the cast looks awesome!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  56. Wild Orchid says:


    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  57. Sarah L says:

    I want to see it just because of the actors and the director.
    Thanks for the contest.

  58. Julia says:

    I think Rooney Mara is a great actress, so I am excited to see another movie with her!

  59. Rhianna says:

    A friend of mine is a pharmacist. I would love to tease her about the potential consequences of her profession after using the film as a reference. :)

  60. Laura says:

    I’m excited to see the movie because of good reviews and a good director, and I also like Rooney Mara.

  61. Phil Randall says:

    looks interesting

  62. Electron S. says:

    ooh. This movie seems good. I love the cast.

  63. Frances Carty says:

    What a cast!

  64. Elisabeth says:

    I’m excited to see Channing Tatum play a different kind of role than what I’m used to!

  65. Denise L says:

    Why am I excited? two words…Jude.Law.

  66. Katie S says:

    Jude Law & Channing Tatum – its like they read my mind! :)

  67. Sharon says:

    I am excited to see Side Effects because I love thrillers and have a background in science.

  68. Jus says:

    Prescription drugs is a really hot issue for me, not so much for personal reasons but because I am pursuing a psych degree and it’s something that I have strong opinions about. Also Soderberg and Jude Law are just wonderful. Thanks!

  69. anash says:

    im not totally sure why!! Thanks for a super giveaway! My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  70. anash says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  71. Erica Best says:

    Plain and simple I heart Jude Law!

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