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Down with Love (2003)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 16 May 2003 (USA)
In 1962 New York City, love blossoms between a playboy journalist and a feminist advice author.

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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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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)

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$20,298,207 (USA) (25 July 2003)
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During a conversation with Peter, Catcher refers to the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was made public in a speech by President John F. Kennedy on 22 October 1962, then later takes Barbara to a Yankees game. The baseball season ended on 16 October when the Yankees won the World Series in San Francisco. 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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Features The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Down with Love
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Michael Bublé and Holly Palmer
Produced by Marc Shaiman
Michael Bublé appears courtesy of 143/Reprise Records
Holly Palmer appears courtesy of Reprise Records
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Not for the casual moviegoer
24 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's 1962 New York. Barbara Novak (Renee Zellweger) has written a book called "Down With Love" convincing woman that they don't need a man or love or sex to succeed and be happy with themselves. Womanizer Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor) is determined to prove her wrong.

This is many things--an affectionate remake of those silly Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies; a sweet sendup of them at the same time; a perfect example of 1960s sex comedies with a 2000s twist; a huge barrel of laughs for film buffs with its perfect remake of a 1960s film and an examination of sexual mores and stereotypes of the 1960s.

The movie look like a Day/Hudson movie right down to the fashions Zellweger wears, the VERY colorful sets, the obviously painted backdrops from penthouse apartments and the crappy back projection in cars. There's also a hysterical (and very dirty) use of split screen during a phone conversation between Zellweger and McGregor. The movie even opens with the old Cinemascope logo used in films of that era!

The cast is right on target--Zellweger and McGregor give their all to the performances--they wink at the audience all the time...but not TOO much. David Hyde Pierce (doing Tony Randall) and Sarah Paulson are also very funny with the dreaded best friends role. The only real problem is the script. It is sharp and funny but occasionally bogs down and some of the twists are too obvious.

Still, I enjoyed it. The casual moviegoer will probably hate this--unless you get the inside jokes all throughout the film you'll think you're watching a badly dated sex comedy. But it's not--it's a parody and an affectionate sendup. This will be most appreciated by film buffs or students.


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