Side Effects

Synopsis: Karly Hert is hired by the Braden-Andrews to work as pharmaceutical sales representative persuading doctors to prescribe drugs from Braden-Andrews. Karly feels a moral dilemma with her unethical job, but is seduced by the salary, car, bonus and benefits offered by the corporation. When Karly meets her former rep Zach Danner, they fall in love with each other. Karly gives herself a deadline of six months to quit her job and she decides to be honest with the physicians. The result increases the market share of Braden-Andrews and Karly is promoted; receives a BMW as an upgrade. When the anti-depressive Vivexx is approved by FDA, Karly finds that there are medical reports showing liver issues hidden by the industry. Karly is nominated by Braden-Adrews to the award Industry Rep of the Year and she needs to take a decision.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

What are the advantages of Vivexx?

Two words:
Proven efficacy.

Arghhh ooofff!!! (frustrated grumbling)

Vivexx offers your patients unsurpassed clinical


Ahhhhh, AHHHHHHHH (screaming)

This absolutely, the most efficacious drug your

patients can use. (giggling)

Arrrhhhhh aaaaahhhhh (screaming)

Our drug is clearly the most efficaciousest!

Arrrhhhhh aaaaahhhhh (panting)

Is efficaciousest even a word?

(heavy breathing)

My name is Karly Hert. I sell drugs for a living.

Legally that is.

I am a pharmaceutical sales consultant.

You're probably thinking that I have a medical

background, maybe a nursing or pharmacy


Well, I do have a science degree...

political science, that is.

How then did I get this job?

You're recruiting me to be a pharmaceutical


Yea, isn't that exciting?

Um, but I sell cellular phones...

You know... in college I took a weatherclass to

fulfill my science credit.

Ahh, well they can teach you all that stuff.

They are just looking for someone with...


(bell "ding")

Sales experience.


(chuckling) Did I mention that you would get a

company car?

(narrated) A free car?

I was 23, I still owned 10's of thousands of dollars

in student loans

and had no idea what I would actually be doing in

this new consultant job.

But a free car????



(narrated) It wasn't like I didn't have a car.

(narrated) But a new free car?

(narrated) I was almost as excited about the car

and salary jump...

(narrated) as my mom was about other benefits

that came with the job.

(narrated) almost.

Honey, I know you are going to marry a nice

doctor, I just know it (weeping)

I did meet a lot of doctors,

but to my mother's dismay, the more I met, the

more I knew I would never, ever marry a doctor.

Hi Dr. Jacobs.

Yea? What?

Uh, your nurse said you needed some samples

for the office,

so I just need a quick John Hancock if you don't

mind. Great.

Thanks... Uh, OK.

So, if you notice in the graph there just been,

really uh really great long term affects on the


We can send you some stuff and you know, I think

the results really prove themselves.


So, if you just want to you know, look at the

material, it sort of speaks for itself.

OK, great. Thank you. Would you like to go out

with me sometime? On a personal level?

I'd love to.


I can't this week, next week looks bad too, and I

am at a conference the following week...

but it looks like I can squeeze you in one month

from today.

But it would have to be at 6:00AM, maybe for


(narrated) My name is Karly Hert.

(narrated) Did I say I am a drug dealer?

(narrated) I was a drug dealer. This is my story.

# You're a love cat-kitty all the world will never

pity you...

(narrated) The company manual outlines several

rules for a successful career as a pharmaceutical


Hi Dr. Smith.

Not today Karly.

(narrated) Rule number 1 maintain and outgoing

and friendly attitude.

Hi I'm Karly Hert with...

I don't see reps.

God, I'm starving!

Hi. I'm Karly Hert with Braden-Andrews.

Hi. I'm Dr. Gardner, nice to meet you Karly.

Oh yes, take them. Did you know that Vivexx

is... ok

(narrated) Rule number 2: A professional

appearance is mandatory.

(narrated) Rule number 3: Dating co-workers, is

strictly prohibited.

(narrated) Rule number 4: Stay up to date by

reading all the current medical journals.

(Beep, Beep)

(narrated) Rule Number 5: Return all calls


(phone) You have 22 new voicemail messages, to

check unheard messages press.


Hello, I'm Karly Hert with Braden-Andrews.

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Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau

Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau (pronounced like "Moscow") is an American filmmaker, yoga instructor, and former pharmaceutical sales representative (or "rep" for short). She is known for writing, directing, and co-producing the 2005 satirical film Side Effects. As of 2013, she was the owner of "the Studio", a yoga studio in Madison, Wisconsin. more…

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