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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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length = ~5 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~4.5 seconds. See more »

Goofs

When Barbara and Catcher are at Yankee Stadium, he's holding a scorecard from 1963, even though the film takes place in 1962. See more »

Quotes

[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

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

Connections

Edited from Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) See more »

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Down with Love
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Judy Garland
Courtesy of Sid Luft
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Some funny situations with fabulous art design
3 June 2004 | by MLDinTNSee all my reviews

DWL didn't do to well at the box office. I guess it must have been due to a poor advertizing campaign. After finally seeing it, I though it was pretty good. It's sort of like a battle of the sexes. Barbara Novak pretends to be a man hating woman who doesn't need love while Catcher Block is a womanizer out to prove he can get the DWL girl(Novak) to fall in love. So along the way, we get funny situations, like Catch pretending to be Zip and many over heard conversations that seem to be about something else, ie... the secretary overhearing the sock discussion. And an unusually scene using split screens with Barbara and Catch talking on the phone. She's below and he's on top doing pushups. At the end they smoke. Cute idea.

The 2 supporting characters, Vikki and Peter, were good. Plus we get a surprise twist toward the end involving Barbara, which I never saw coming.

FINAL VERDICT: Cute and funny. It's different than your average romantic comedy. So if you like romantic comedies, I recommend this one.


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