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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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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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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The spilt-screen telephone calls scenes are direct homages to 1950s/'60s screwball comedies, Pillow Talk, in particular. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara arrives in NY and encounters the bomb protesters in front of what appears to be the United Nations plaza, there is a prominent shot of the People's Republic of China (PRC) national flag on one of the flagpoles. PRC did not take over the UN's China seat from the Republic of China (Taiwan) until 1971; thus, in the early '60s, the Taiwanese flag would have been displayed. 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 »

Connections

References That Touch of Mink (1962) 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 recreation
26 May 2003 | by rosscinemaSee all my reviews

This is an homage to the light romantic comedies of the early 60's and a strong influence by "Pillow Talk". Renee Zellweger is Barbara Novack and she writes a book about women and how they look at relationships and an editor at a publishing firm named Vicki Hiller (Sarah Paulson) convinces the board of directors to publish her book. One way to get attention to her book is for a well known writer to write an expose of it so they try to get Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor) to do the job but he's so busy womanizing that he keeps canceling their appointments so they try other methods to get attention to her book and they succeed as it becomes a best seller. Catcher is amazed by her success and bets his friend and coworker Peter MacMannus (David Hyde Pierce) that he can make her fall in love with him which would make her a hypocrite and he would have a big story to publish. Catcher pretends to be a shy astronaut from Florida and they start to date. This film is directed by Peyton Reed who has worked almost exclusively in television and is directing the "Fantastic Four" next. Film does an admirable job of recreating those type of films that were prevalent in those times. The sets are terrific with the decor for the offices and apartments. Even the scenes like when Zellweger is riding in a car its obvious that its a sound stage with a movie screen behind them showing stock footage of 1960's traffic. The script also does a good job of adding some flavor of 1960's culture like when one of the board of directors describes her as "The Farmers Daughter" from Maine. This is of course in reference to Debbie Reynolds and when MacGregor says he's an astronaut from Cocoa Beach Florida its from "I Dream Of Jeannie". All pop icons from the sixties. And having Tony Randall in the film gives it the ultimate cavalier compliment. Its not a perfect homage like the scene where Paulson accuses Pierce of being homosexual which would not have been allowed during those times but the lighthearted charm of the film remains intact. Zellweger is fine as usual as Barbara but its MacGregor that caught my eye. His performances in the last two years have never ceased to be interesting. He was almost unrecognizable in "Black Hawk Down" and then shows he can sing in "Moulin Rouge!" But also shows he can handle playing American dialects. He's an amazing actor to watch and here he adds to his mystique. Film is utterly charming and it does compliment the films from the early sixties.


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