Down With Love

Down With Love

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Director: Peyton Reed, Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Sarah Paulson

Cast: Peyton Reed, Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Sarah Paulson

     
 

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Due in large part to it opening the same weekend as The Matrix Reloaded, Down With Love, Peyton Reed's knowing homage to the Doris Day/Rock Hudson romantic comedies, found little traction at the box office. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. The colors in this film popped

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Due in large part to it opening the same weekend as The Matrix Reloaded, Down With Love, Peyton Reed's knowing homage to the Doris Day/Rock Hudson romantic comedies, found little traction at the box office. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. The colors in this film popped off the screen and the transfer has expertly captured their vibrancy. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary recorded by director Reed. He is full of praise for his hard-working cast, and delivers a ceaseless series of anecdotes about how his film is similar to and different from the films it is paying homage to. Deleted scenes, with optional director commentary, a series of making-of featurettes, a gag reel, and a making-of special that originally aired on HBO round out this excellent package. The icing on the cake is the music video for "Here's to Love," the song number performed by stars Ewan McGreggor and Renée Zellweger. While this is a fine disc for what it is, the same extras are available on a different edition that also offers a widescreen transfer of the film. That versions is greatly preferred to this one.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Peyton Reed's Down With Love walks a very fine line. By creating what is simultaneously a satirical look at and a sincere love-letter to the no-sex comedies of Doris Day and Rock Hudson, Reed has fashioned a confection of a movie that will either alienate viewers or fill them with giddy delight. For the film to work on any level, the performers have to find and maintain the perfect tone. Luckily the players are more than up to the task. Ewan McGregor has the ability to preen without irony and still manage to communicate the humor in his character's vanity. Rarely has an actor gotten more laughs with just his body and boxer shorts. Renée Zellweger proves once again that she is a first-rate actress by expressing her character's proto-feminist thinking, while still being able to want for all the things she is supposedly against. She also delivers one of the most difficult but hilarious monologues ever written, and pulls it off in great style. David Hyde Pierce and Sarah Paulson provide flawless support throughout, with Hyde Pierce getting huge laughs with some very subtle throwaway material. Those unfamiliar with Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back may have a difficult time accepting the look, pace, and tone of the film, but those who appreciate style for the sake of style as well as unabashedly romantic comedies will find much to enjoy in Down With Love.
San Francisco Chronicle - Mick LaSalle
A very smart, very shrewd movie, and the smartest, shrewdest thing about it is the way it masquerades as just a fluffy comedy, a diversion, a trifle.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
UPC:
0024543096962
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by director Peyton Reed; Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; HBO special; 8 production vignettes; Gag reel; Music Video: "Here's to Love" performed by Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Renée Zellweger Barbara Novak
Ewan McGregor Catcher Block
Sarah Paulson Vikki Hiller
David Hyde Pierce Peter MacManus
Rachel Dratch Actor
Jack Plotnick Maurice
Tony Randall Theodore Banner
Jeri Ryan Actor
John Aylward EG
Melissa George Elkie
Will Jordan Ed Sullivan
Ivana Milicevic Actor
John Storey Henri
Dorie Barton Sally

Technical Credits
Peyton Reed Director
Eve Ahlert Screenwriter
Todd Michael Amateau Asst. Director
Larry Bock Editor
Bruce Cohen Producer
Jeff Cronenweth Cinematographer
Paddy Cullen Executive Producer
Don Diers Set Decoration/Design
Chris Douridas Musical Direction/Supervision
Dennis Drake Screenwriter
Dan Jinks Producer
Andrew Laws Production Designer
Francine Maisler Casting
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Daniel Orlandi Costumes/Costume Designer
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Laura Z. Wasserman Musical Direction/Supervision
Martin Whist Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. Meet Miss Novak
3. In the Lions' Den
4. The Ladies Man
5. A Cover Story
6. Waylaid
7. Judy's Favorite Book
8. Second Thoughts
9. Catcher's Quest
10. Major Zip
11. Getting in the Game
12. Two on the Town
13. Emergency
14. Dinner With Zip
15. Mac's Big Move
16. Let's Get to Bed
17. The Beatnik Bash
18. Zip in Love
19. Out of a Job
20. The Big Night
21. The Exposé Exposed
22. Going for Broke
23. Catcher Gets Caught
24. A Down With Love Girl
25. Out of Circulation
26. The Job Interview
27. Up With Love
28. End Titles (Here's to Love)

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Down With Love 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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This movie is cute and fun. It continuously makes fun of itself, the whole genre, and that fossy 60's style. The music score is perfect
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is functionally a remake of 1964¿s ¿Sex and The Single Girl¿ given a special ¿Austin Powers¿ spin, and updated to make it a little more Politically Correct. There are funny nods to the old Doris Day/Rock Hudson film tradition, and all the cultural touchstones for the period are spot-on. The movie is funny, appealing, and a great story with a nice, solid plot twist near the end. SPECIAL NOTE: Men, watch this film! Despite the lack of explosions and gunfire, the movie is really very funny. Better still, Renée Zellweger is a bombshell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this was a awful,awful movie. it was a spoof on Doris Day movie but it is a must miss movie!!
ThomasDC More than 1 year ago
If you were dragged to the theater by your parents in the late '50s, early 60s to see the any Rock Hudson/Doris Day movie...AND LIKED THEM, then you will enjoy this romantic comedy rip-off, off all the RH/DD movies, mostly "Pillow Talk." The movie even features regular Tony Randall in a brief cameo. Renee is NO Doris, but Ewan is a fairly good Rock. It is a light fluff story, with over the top late 50s/early 60s decor, clothing and design. Visually stunning, story line predicable and fun...just fun, fun, fun. However, if you have a feeling for the original, do get the 3 disc Rock/Doris set with all the movies. It is worth it!
Koins_and_Change More than 1 year ago
Down With Love is smart and hilarious with outrageous sex jokes, and unparalleled direction. The costumes are unique, the sets are amazing, and the performances are the best of both main actors, as well as their respective best friends. Well worth the buy, a thousand times over!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great flick.... Very well done, with a great timless story and beautiful vibrant scenes!! A great love story!! I LOVE IT!! Did i mention i love this movie? ~Camille, Dallas, TX
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is a cute and funny homage to the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies of the early 1960s but has been updated with modern sensibilities. The dialog is clever and funny. The costumes and set design are to die for and will make any interior design buff/fashionista drool all over themselves. The music is perfect for the time period and the song used in the closing credits, as sung by MacGregor and Zellweger, is just the perfect finishing touch to this awesome romantic comedy.
maghealth More than 1 year ago
This movie brought me back to the old Doris Day films I watched with my Mom when I had a sick day from school....The director really captured the unrealistic flavor of the era and the actors brought it home. I laughed so much thinking about how much my mom fell for this stuff. A fun trip in time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the only good part of this movie was ewan mcgregor, but even he couldn't save it from falling on its face. seriously, i am a movie fanatic in general, and it takes a really bad movie for me to lose interest or get aggravated, and i did. i almost left the theatre when i saw this film. i wouldn't recommend it at ALL.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally loved this movie. I like the goals of the blonde played by Rene Zelwigger (thank god she's not running for office and a write in canidate)(business before love, not to confuse love with sex), I like movies from the 50s to begin with so I thought the time period of it was cute. However, the were some surprising twists that could have been left out that detracted from the flow of the movie, and some other faults that you would have to be forgiving of in order to enjoy the movie.
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