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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 <>

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The ultimate catch has met his match.


Comedy | Romance

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

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16 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abajo el amor  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


£1,958,152 (UK) (24 October 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 »


The New York City street-name signs were white-on-green, which in reality didn't occur until the early-1980s. Prior to this, the colors of the street-name signs depended on which borough of NYC you were in, and in Manhattan they were black-on-yellow. See more »


[first lines]
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 »


References Send Me No Flowers (1964) See more »


Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
Written by Bart Howard
Performed by Astrud Gilberto
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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