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Reese Witherspoon to Star in Pharma Girl

Witherspoon Getting Into the Prescription Drug Business (On Screen)

When I think of pharmaceutical companies I usually yawn, or I think of those drug commercials that include a soothing voice listing off the endless number of terrible-sounding side effects.

Hollywood, however, is finding much to say about big pharmaceutical companies: Last week, Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway signed up to play two people who fall in love thanks to a pharmaceutical company, and now there's news that Reese Witherspoon will get her own prescription drug movie.

The writers of Bad Santa have penned what sounds like a dark comedy about the drug industry titled Pharm Girl in which Witherspoon will play, "a woman who gets a job at a pharma powerhouse but begins to see the underbelly of the industry as she rises through the company's ranks."

I love Witherspoon in darker comedies (see: Election) so this sounds interesting, but I wonder why Hollywood is so drawn to stories about Big Pharma these days.

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