After losing her job, a single mom falls into a lucrative but ultimately dangerous scheme selling prescription drugs.
ActorsStarring: Emily Blunt, Chris Evans, Catherine O'Hara, Jay Duplass, Andy García, Brian d'Arcy James, Chloe Coleman, Amit Shah, Britt Rentschler, Selena Anduze, Erin Ownbey, Sharon Conley, Valerie LeBlanc, Alexis Baca, Adrian Eppley, Mandi Christine Kerr, Pat Dortch, Josh Ventura, Michael Lowry, Greyson Chadwick, Elle Lisic, Alex Klein, Mary Ann Hagan, Tris Marie, Willie Raysor, Quinn Bozza, Shelley Jane, Avis-Marie Barnes, Omer Mughal, Tristan Shufford, Chris Marks, Bella Winkowski, Samantha Kacho, Jackson Abram, A.K. Benninghofen, Abigail Susan Williams, Becca Breitfeller, Rebecca Barnes, Trace Haynes, Rowan Joseph
Pain Hustlers: A gripping crime drama that exposes the dark side of the pharmaceutical industry
Pain Hustlers is a 2023 American crime drama film directed by David Yates and starring Emily Blunt, Chris Evans, Andy García, Catherine O’Hara, Jay Duplass, Brian d’Arcy James, and Chloe Coleman. It is based on the 2022 book of the same name by Evan Hughes and tells the true story of Liza Drake, a high school dropout who lands a job with a failing pharmaceutical company in Central Florida. Liza’s charm, drive, and guts quickly catapult her into the high life, but she soon finds herself at the center of a criminal conspiracy with deadly consequences.
The film opens with Liza struggling to make ends meet as a single mother to a young daughter. She is desperate to provide a better life for her family, so when she is offered a job selling a new painkiller for a pharmaceutical startup, she jumps at the opportunity.
Liza quickly proves to be a natural salesperson. She is able to build relationships with doctors and convince them to prescribe her company’s drug, even though it is still in the experimental phase. As Liza’s sales skyrocket, the company begins to turn a profit and she is promoted to regional manager.
However, Liza soon discovers that her company is involved in a dangerous racketeering scheme. They are bribing doctors to prescribe their drug and pressuring them to overprescribe it to patients. Liza is initially hesitant to get involved, but she is eventually persuaded by her boss, Rick Bogart (Andy García), and her boyfriend, Pete Brenner (Chris Evans).
As Liza becomes more deeply involved in the scheme, she begins to see the devastating consequences of her actions. Patients are becoming addicted to her company’s drug and overdosing. Liza also realizes that she is in over her head and that she is in danger from the people she is working with.
Pain Hustlers is a gripping and suspenseful film that exposes the dark side of the pharmaceutical industry. It is also a cautionary tale about the dangers of ambition and the importance of making moral choices.
Emily Blunt gives a powerful performance as Liza Drake. She perfectly captures Liza’s complex character, from her initial desperation to her eventual downfall. Chris Evans is also excellent as Pete Brenner, a charming but manipulative man who leads Liza astray.
David Yates does a masterful job of directing Pain Hustlers. He creates a sense of tension and suspense throughout the film, and he keeps the audience guessing until the very end.
Pain Hustlers is a must-see film for fans of crime dramas and social thrillers. It is a well-made and thought-provoking film that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.