Opening this weekend in Seattle, the independent film Better Living Through Chemistry starring Sam Rockwell and Olivia Wilde.
The plot – A small town pharmacist’s uneventful life is turned inside out when a chance encounter with a lonely trophy wife turns into a walk on the wild side in this murderously funny dark comedy.
Doug Varney (Sam Rockwell) is the model of suburban respectability—until the night he delivers a prescription to the home of Elizabeth Roberts (Olivia Wilde). Gorgeous, seductive and multiply addicted, Elizabeth eagerly introduces Doug to extra-large martinis, uninhibited bedroom behavior and the illicit pleasures of the pharmacopeia he has access to in his store. Disregarded for years by everyone from his domineering wife Kara (Michelle Monaghan) and troubled son Ethan (Harrison Holzer), to the goldbricking employees at the drugstore he bought from his insufferable father-in-law (Ken Howard), Doug surprises himself by embarking on an exhilarating drug-and-alcohol fueled affair with the most glamorous woman he has ever met. But his extracurricular activities quickly send his life spinning out of control when a routine DEA audit reveals serious discrepancies in his inventory. Convinced he’s about to lose everything, Doug hatches an ill-considered scheme with Elizabeth that will allow to them to have it all—at an almost unthinkable price. Also starring Norbert Leo Butz, Ray Liotta and Jane Fonda.
It was a privilege to speak with the writers and first-time directors of Better Living Through Chemistry, Geoff Moore and David Posamentier.