"Better Living Through Chemistry" as a whole feels rather superficial and safe.
By the time the film gets to its ridiculous stretch of an ending, we've all seen the great fun to be had with drugs while also learning of their danger. How convenient. How empty.
Sam Rockwell's committed performance can't save the glib debut of filmmakers Geoff Moore and David Posamentier.
An ill-conceived if mildly amusing comedy about middle-class ennui, sexual frustration, and drug abuse.
"Better Living Through Chemistry" ... is too much like the pretty suburbs it was shot in - neat and slick and comfortable. But ultimately, and deliberately, safe.
A tepid but pleasant comic satire given a shot of contemporaneity by its writing and directing team, Geoff Moore and David Posamentier, and its star Sam Rockwell.
Too bad; with this cast, "Better Living Through Chemistry" could have been a lot more fun.
It's tough to feel pity for a guy who blames everyone else for his misery, and even harder to appreciate filmmakers who encourage his entitlement.
Maybe writer-directors Geoff Moore and David Posamentier were sampling some of the mind-numbing products featured in their black comedy ... which might account for its lack of wit, imagination or other cerebral effort.