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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Release Date:

16 May 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abajo el amor  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£1,958,152 (UK) (24 October 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tony Randall, who plays publisher Theodore Banner, appeared with Rock Hudson and Doris Day in Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961), and Send Me No Flowers (1964). In all three films, Randall played Hudson's employer and nebbish sidekick (the role played by David Hyde Pierce in "Down With Love"). See more »


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[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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Crazy Credits

The ending credits include an extra scene with Renee & Ewan singing a duet and one with David Hyde Pierce and Sarah Paulson. See more »


Edited from My Man Godfrey (1957) See more »


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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Up with this movie! It pays great homage to the Doris & Rock films
15 February 2007 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Barbara (Renee Zellweger) has just written a book called Down With Love. She leaves Maine and lands in New York City, where her book is about to hit the shelves. Unfortunately, the male executives at her publishing house have doubts about the new tome and are not forking over any marketing money. The lone woman at Banner publishing, Vicki, takes Barbara under her wing and they work to get the nonfiction title some fame. First, they decide to ask Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor), a prominent male writer for Know magazine, to do a cover story for the book. He postpones the interview again and again. In the meantime, Vicki and Barbara get the book mentioned on the Ed Sullivan show. Soon, copies of DWL are flying out of the bookstores, mainly because the book empowers women to think more about themselves and less about attracting a man. Catcher spies a picture of Barbara in a bookstore window and knows he has to meet her. However, since he is a notorious ladies man, he assumes the identity of an astronaut named Zip Martin. Naturally, he plays the perfect gentleman when he begins to take Barbara out on the town. How long will it be until Barbara discovers the truth? And, will she have fallen for the guy first? Romantic comedy fans everywhere should love this film. It is a takeoff of the old Doris and Rock movies that are so delightfully fun and full of clean mischief. Zellweger and McGregor are a joy in their roles as the smitten couple. The rest of the cast, including a cameo by Tony Randall, are great, too. The look of the film is nice, as are the costumes and the Big Apple setting. If you love crazy, contrived, comic love tales, get this one tonight. You will bask in its take-me-out-of-my-blues delivery.

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