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Down with Love (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 16 May 2003 (USA)
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Aaaah... it's New York City in 1962, and love is blooming between a journalist and a feminist advice author, who's falling head over heels despite her beau's playboy lifestyle.

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An homage to the early 1960s sex comedies that starred Rock Hudson and Doris Day. The story follows a best-selling female advice author who has all the answers until a sly journalist playboy starts asking the questions. Written by Natalie Knowles <NatSplat007@hotmail.com>

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love | book | author | sex | playboy | See All (115) »

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The ultimate catch has met his match.

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual humor and dialogue | See all certifications »

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Abajo el amor  »

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Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$45,029 (USA) (9 May 2003)

Gross:

$20,298,207 (USA) (25 July 2003)
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The extra scene at the end with Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger singing a duet was filmed at the insistence of the actors. They said that with both of them having been in musicals previously (McGregor in Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Zellweger in Chicago (2002)) that it would be a sin not to. See more »

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When Barbara and Catcher are at Yankee Stadium, he's holding a scorecard from 1963, even though the film takes place in 1962. See more »

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Narrator: The place: New York City. The time: Now, 1962. And there's no time or place like it. If you've got a dream, this is the place to make that dream come true. That's why the soaring population of hopeful dreamers has just reached eight million people. Oh! Make that eight million and one.
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The film opens with the Regency logo, tinted pink. The ending credits are also pink. See more »

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References A New Kind of Love (1963) See more »

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An underrated gem - glowing pastiche with a post-feminist twist
17 May 2004 | by (Oxford, UK) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised to read so many user comments which indicate that Down With Love received some critical acclaim - I recall a very different response, where critics seemed hugely and almost unanimously underwhelmed (maybe this was a UK response?) and consequently, I wasn't expecting too much. This only enhanced my enjoyment - what an underrated gem this movie is!!

I rarely like Zellwegger, but here she was pertly perfect, and McGregor was simply fabulous - dashing, charismatic, loathsome, even vulnerable, especially when he occasionally slips from his duplicitous fake self (when he notices a lash on her cheek, for example), and always delivers his lines with exquisite (and surprising) comic timing. The support cast were also excellent, especially Hyde Pierce, although he was not a 100 miles from his decade-long stint as Niles Crane.

The set, costumes, production design and cinematography were also outstanding in this movie, evoking the brashly-coloured, kitsch, fluffy-light ambiance which pervades the early 1960s New York screwball romance movie genre, but the snippy script and slick direction removed this pastiche away from its potential as mere enchanting, screwball fable to a witty, post-feminist send-up of this Hudson/Day romcom genre

  • and indeed, the battle of the sexes. To its credit, Down With Love


doesn't collapse completely into mawkish sentimentality with Novak (Zellwegger) suddenly capitulating into the cult of domesticity, tamed by her man, which is often the fate of modern post-feminist heroines - instead, the couple compromise, and we can be sure that she won't be confined to the suburban purgatory she comes to dread.

In all, a fun, fab and brilliantly executed movie, which has been clearly (re)created with due love for the genre it so skillfully parodies, yet in the light of postmodern sensibilities by adding a much-needed post-feminist twist.


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