Better Living through Chemistry

Better Living through Chemistry

Geoff Moore (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
A peculiar take on suburban rebellion starring Sam Rockwell as Doug, a frustrated pharmacist who enters a dangerous world of sex, drugs and murder when he meets bored housewife Elizabeth (Olivia Wilde). Unfolding like a vapid version of American Beauty, the script is funny in places but lacks edge (the central pair's sloppy murder plot) or depth (the reasons for Doug's transformation). Left with obvious dialogue and little nuance, Rockwell does his best with what he's given, and provides many of the film's highlights. Working well both as a buttoned down suburbanite and pill-popping delinquent, he also has capable co-stars in Michelle Monaghan (as Doug's sniping other half) and Wilde's femme fatale, relishing her bad-girl persona. With a protracted ending that wraps everything up in a neat, disappointing bow, it's a dark comedy that, much like its lead character, could do with taking a few more risks.


A straight-laced pharmacist seeks a break from his boring life by having an affair with a customer. He soon has cause to regret his infidelity when his lover drags him on a disturbing journey involving sex, drugs and murder. Black comedy, starring Sam Rockwell, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan and Ray Liotta.

Cast & Crew

Doug Varney Sam Rockwell
Elizabeth Roberts Olivia Wilde
Kara Varney Michelle Monaghan
Jack Roberts Ray Liotta
Agent Andrew Carp Norbert Leo Butz
Noah Ben Schwartz
Walter Bishop Ken Howard
Jane Fonda / narrator Jane Fonda
Director Geoff Moore
Director David Posamentier
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: DVD
Comedy Drama