Right, first things first.
Bradley Cooper is *pretty*. Not like, Orlando Bloom, delicate looking pretty. And not quite Liam Neeson, rugged man pretty (aka handsome, I know). But closer to Neeson on the spectrum.
The point is, *ahem* OH MY GOD WHY IS THIS MAN SO GORGEOUS?!?! HIS EYEESSSS...
Right. Right. Glad we've got that out of the way. So.
The premise of the movie is that Bradley Cooper's character, Eddie Morra, is a down and out kind of loser. He's one short step up from being out on the street and is an unsuccessful writer. After being dumped by his girlfriend, Lindy, he runs into his ex-brother-in-law, Vernon. Vernon takes him out for a drink and gives him a pill. Vernon, as you may guess, is not an upstanding member of society. The pill, NZT, allows a person to access all of their brain, all the time. (There's the old myth that we only use 20% of our brain, which isn't technically true. We use all of our brain, just not all at the same time. Different parts have different uses and get used for different things, etc.)
So Eddie takes the pill, and bam. He's a freaking genius. He knows everything he ever saw, heard, read. Things he didn't think he took in, he did. And he can extrapolate from them and from incoming information to allow for every possibility and choose the best path.
There's plot twists, and people coming after him, and yadda. It's a good movie, and I'm not going to spoil it. Go see it. Seriously.
But the one thing that I find perhaps socially interesting from the movie is that it doesn't end with a 'drugs are BAD' message. Yes, it does show that there are side effects to the drug. But those side effects only occur when the dosage is exceeded, or when he stops taking it entirely. When he's on it and taking it properly, remembering to eat, etc. the only side effect is that his life is fabulous. Except for the people trying to kill him, but since he's smarter than them, it's less of a problem than it might be.
I'm still thinking about this, about the implications of the message seeming to be, 'as long as you use drugs responsibly, it's okay'. So I don't have any deep thoughts. Maybe I'm reading too much into the movie? Whatever. I loved it.
Have a picture of Bradley Cooper. Gaze upon his masculine beauty and despair!