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Down with Love (2003)

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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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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abajo el amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,029, 11 May 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,298,207, 27 July 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,000,000, 6 November 2003
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the dating montage, one of the scenes in the background is of a man playing bongo drums. This footage is taken from the scene in Pillow Talk (1959) when Doris Day's and Rock Hudson's characters first meet. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence establishing the 1962 New York setting, the modern Canadian flag is among those flying outside the United Nations. In fact it did not replace the Canadian red ensign until 1965. 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 »

Connections

References The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) See more »

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Pearl Curtain in the Moon
Written by M. Wu/L. Wang
Courtesy of Associated Production Music LLC
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Charming and fun, with jokes that would make Doris Dayblush.....
8 May 2003 | by LdyandreaSee all my reviews

If only because Ewan McGregor and Renee Zellweger were in this movie, it would be worth seeing. What you can't expect, however, is the sheer fun that ensues, complete with fake New York City backdrops, glamorous period sets, and even more glamorous costumes, makeup and hairstyles. After the first few minutes, I began to tire of this homage mentality, but the story quickly sucked me in, thanks in great part to the blissfully neurotic performance of David Hyde Pierce as the friend/boss of Catcher Block (McGregor). Sarah Paulson is also fun and perky as Barbara Novak's (Zellweger) best friend/editor, and keeps things moving along quite well. His Theatrical Eminence, Tony Randall, even makes an appearance as "The Big Boss" of the publishing company. He, coincidentally enough, was the friend/boss to Rock Hudson in "Pillow Talk" from 1959.

The chemistry between McGregor and Zellweger heated up the screen in a sweet, old-fashioned way. Remember the kind of romance that reminds you of when just smooching and holding hands was just ever so dreamy? That level is cranked up a few notches higher (in that same sweet fashion) than Doris Day or Rock Hudson would have ever dared; a particular example is the priceless "split-screen" telephone conversation between the leads, taken to a level above, below, and to the side-like of any ever seen on screen before.

Also of great note is Zellweger's scene that includes the longest bit of unedited exposition I've had the opportunity to see on film (one-shot, no cuts at all). It reminds me greatly of Steve Martin's coffee-pouring bit ("Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid") except that it's all dialogue! I was torn between listening to all of the story twists, and wanting to pull out a stopwatch to clock her monologue! The next shot of Catch must have mirrored the expression of the entire audience at that particular moment!

Anyone planning to see this film might find it amusing to first watch movies like "Pillow Talk" to get a feel for the kind of film that is being emulated here. In fact, there are a number of particular story elements that obviously could be attributed to that particular film.

It should be no surprise to learn that the team who wrote this fun sex farce is also responsible for the upcoming "Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde" set to be released July 2, 2003.

Have fun, and enjoy this tasty treat of nostalgia. Chocolate, as you will see, becomes a key player. Make sure to stick around for the final credits as well.....if you loved McGregor in "Moulin Rouge" and Zellweger in "Chicago", you will adore the vocal stylings of both at the end of this oh-so-cute movie!


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