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Down with Love (2003)

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

Director:

Peyton Reed
4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Zellweger ... Barbara Novak
Ewan McGregor ... Catcher Block
Sarah Paulson ... Vikki Hiller
David Hyde Pierce ... Peter MacMannus
Rachel Dratch ... Gladys
Jack Plotnick ... Maurice
Tony Randall ... Theodore Banner
John Aylward ... E.G.
Warren Munson ... C.B.
Matt Ross ... J.B.
Michael Ensign ... J.R.
Timothy Omundson ... R.J.
Jeri Ryan ... Gwendolyn
Ivana Milicevic ... Yvette
Melissa George ... Elkie
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The ultimate catch has met his match.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

To create this movie's vivid, stylized appearance, cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth digitally color-timed the movie to simulate the appearance of three-strip Technicolor. See more »

Goofs

In an early scene a shot is taken of the UN building showing the flags from different countries. The flag for Canada shows the 11-pointed, red maple leaf. This flag was only adopted in 1964 and made its first appearance on February 15, 1965. Since this movie takes place in 1962 the correct Canadian flag would have been the Red Ensign which had a small version of the British Union Jack in the upper left hand corner and the coat of arms for Canada in the middle right-hand side on a background of red. 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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Crazy Credits

PEYTON REED reads KNOW Magazine and drinks TANG, the drink of astronauts. See more »

Alternate Versions

The TV version distributed in the UK excludes most of the split-screen phone call, presumably for time and due to the potential interpretation of the cinematography. See more »

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Referenced in Long Way Round (2004) See more »

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As pink and silly as they come, but "Down with Love" is a fun romp
30 January 2011 | by napierslogsSee all my reviews

Meet Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor) he's a "ladies man, man's man, man about town" type of guy, and Barbara (Renée Zellweger) is more of a man's woman, all decked in pink but independent. She wrote the book on how to live life without a man. Literally.

"Down with Love" is an ode to the sex films of the 1960s. Down to the fashions, feminism, and sex talk à la "Pillow Talk"(1959). It even stars Tony Randall too. It is a gorgeous film, with a lot of pink, a sexy leading man, and a lot of sexual innuendos. But compared to the Judd Apatow sex comedies of the 2000s, this is tame. Well silly and way over-the-top, but still pretty tame.

McGregor is gorgeous as the sexy leading man and Zellweger is pink-ified as the feminist leading woman. They have their fair share of sex jokes, gender stereotypes and ruses, but it's also really funny. "Down with Love" is a fun romp through 2003 disguised as 1962.


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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,029, 11 May 2003

Gross USA:

$20,305,251

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,468,111
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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