Down With Love

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Director Peyton Reed and screenwriters Eve Ahlert and Dennis Drake pay homage to the frothy romantic comedies of the early '60s -- in particular the Doris Day/Rock Hudson vehicles -- in this light-hearted and affectionate spoof. Barbara Novak Renée Zellweger is a sweet but savvy small-town librarian who has arrived in New York City with big plans to take on the town. Embracing a feminist philosophy years before it becomes common or fashionable, Novak writes a book called "Down With Love," in which she presents ...
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Director Peyton Reed and screenwriters Eve Ahlert and Dennis Drake pay homage to the frothy romantic comedies of the early '60s -- in particular the Doris Day/Rock Hudson vehicles -- in this light-hearted and affectionate spoof. Barbara Novak Renée Zellweger is a sweet but savvy small-town librarian who has arrived in New York City with big plans to take on the town. Embracing a feminist philosophy years before it becomes common or fashionable, Novak writes a book called "Down With Love," in which she presents her theory that romantic relationships cause more problems than they solve for women, and urges women to focus instead on what will truly make them happy -- self-reliance, a solid career, and a healthy sex life or chocolate if the latter is unavailable at the moment. Almost overnight, "Down With Love" becomes a minor scandal and a major bestseller, but not every man is America is happy with the new breed of liberated and demanding women spawned by the book's success, and Catcher Block Ewan McGregor, a lady-killing bachelor who writes for Know Magazine, decides to put Novak to the test. Posing as a shy, retiring type, Block is determined to make Novak fall in love with him, and then share the details with the world through an article in Know. Block's editor Peter MacMannus David Hyde-Pierce thinks this is a splendid idea, but to Block's distress, he discovers himself developing real feelings for Novak. Down With Love also features Tony Randall, who significantly appeared in three films with Rock Hudson and Doris Day.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • UPC: 024543106722
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

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

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awful movie.

    this was a awful,awful movie. it was a spoof on Doris Day movie but it is a must miss movie!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    amusing

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    BEST. MOVIE. EVER. HANDS DOWN.

    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!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    a '50's romantic comedy for the new millenium

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the most fun movies ever!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awful

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Kind of Movie!

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Up With This Movie!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    maybe only for some

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Austin Powers'' meets ''When Harry Met Sally''

    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

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