Side Effects

Synopsis: Emily Taylor, despite being reunited with her husband from prison, becomes severely depressed with emotional episodes and suicide attempts. Her psychiatrist, Jonathan Banks, after conferring with her previous doctor, eventually prescribes an experimental new medication called Ablixa. The plot thickens when the side effects of the drug lead to Emily killing her husband in a "sleepwalking" state. With Emily plea-bargained into mental hospital confinement and Dr. Banks' practice crumbling around him, the case seems closed. However, Dr. Banks cannot accept full responsibility and investigates to clear his name. What follows is a dark quest that threatens to tear what's left of his life apart even as he discovers the diabolical truth of this tragedy.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Steven Soderbergh
Production: Open Road Films
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min


Front door!

I can't let it in unless I see it.

I know what the rules are. I'm just

asking if you can make an exception.

There are no exceptions.

That's why we have rules.

I know what a rule is.

I'm just telling you...

You don't have an X-ray

machine back there?

You don't have

an X-ray machine?

No. I've got to see it.


I bet you're not

going to miss that drive.


Or the ambiance.

I would've gone a lot further.

You know, they gave me a

brochure on reintegrating.



A social worker came by.

What did he say?

Go slow.

We can go slow.



I just wanted to remind you that

I won't be coming in tomorrow.

(GASPS) That's right.

It's the big day!

You must be thrilled...


...and excited

and nervous and...

And I wanted to thank you,

just for everything.

You've been so understanding.

Oh, I'm sure there's more to it

than what's on the news, so...

I know, but to a lot of people

you say "insider trading,"

and it may as well be murder.

You just stop existing.

So, thank you for everything.

I wasn't sure what I should wear.

I tried to find something new to buy,

but I couldn't find

anything that looked good.

Honey, you look beautiful.

And I can only imagine how

you're gonna look to him.




Oh, Mama.


Come on. Let's get out of here

before they change their mind.



(CHUCKLES) I'm sorry.



Babe, you remember that

hedge fund manager I met inside?

Marshall Hellman?

The Stanford guy?


Super smart. He was in for some

tax thing, but he'll be out soon.

He's got money in Dubai

and a lot of connections.

I can get us back

to where we were, Em.

I promise. I can

make that happen.

Okay, baby.

Thank you.




I don't understand

what you're saying! Just relax!


I'm Dr. Banks.

This guy's on something, okay?

Listen, just relax!


This guy's on something.

He came swinging at me.

Stand back and let me talk to him.

He was trying to hold up a taxi.

You understand?

He came at me!


Augustin? Augustin.


He's fine.


What is it?

What's going on?

He saw his dead

father driving the taxi.


He saw the ghost of his father.

He was a cabbie.

So I was right.

He's nuts.

No. It's grief.

Just grief painting

pictures in his brain.

He sees ghosts.


He's Haitian. It's not

unusual for Haitians

to see their loved ones

shortly after they die.

Weird for me and you, but it's

perfectly normal for him.

Right, what do you have next?

MVA in bed eight, with minor head

trauma, in need of a consult.

Double shift today?

Better living through chemistry.

Miss Taylor.


I'm Dr. Banks.

Oh, they said I might

have a concussion,

but I don't have to stay

here for that, right?

Uh, we have to wait for the

CT scan results to know that.

I have a couple of questions for you.

How's your head?

It hurts.

How was it before you hit the wall?

What do you mean?

How have things been going with you?

Generally speaking.

Why are you here?

I'm a psychiatrist, Miss Taylor.


when people hit things with their car,

there are skid marks on the pavement.

A brick Wall's a pretty good

reason to use the brakes,

turn the wheel.

You didn't do that.

You went straight in.

It says here the attendant

told the police

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Scott Z. Burns

Scott Z. Burns (born 1962) is an American screenwriter, producer, and director. Burns has written screenplays for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Informant! (2009), and Contagion (2011), all of which feature Matt Damon. His films The Informant!, Contagion, and Side Effects were directed by Steven Soderbergh. Burns also produced the Academy Award-winning An Inconvenient Truth. In 2018, it was announced that Burns would direct The Torture Report, a drama about the secret torture program inside the CIA. Burns is a native of Golden Valley, Minnesota and graduated in 1985 with a degree in English from the University of Minnesota. He currently lives in Los Angeles. more…

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