Down with Love

Down with Love

Peyton Reed (2003)

97min
12A Certificate
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Our Score
Displaying similar nostalgic gimmickry to Far from Heaven, yet far more accessible and fun, this frothy confection satirises/celebrates the sex comedies of the late 1950s and 60s. Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor aren't the most obvious stand-ins for Doris Day and Rock Hudson, but both hit the mark amusingly with the sprightliest performances of their careers. Zellweger plays the new writing sensation who has produced a bestseller claiming that women can consign love and romance to the garbage heap, while McGregor's cocky, man-about-town journalist plots to publicly disprove her theories. Shot in faux Technicolor with sublimely kitsch decor and a soundtrack choreographed to every accentuated footstep, this may be the most camp mainstream movie since Moulin Rouge. Performed with a nudge, a wink and a smile by all concerned (Frasier's David Hyde Pierce also puts in an energetic turn), this is real air-freshener cinema - fragrant, invigorating, yet likely to disappear from the memory within hours.

Summary

A writer in early 1960s New York creates a national sensation with her bestselling book in which she claims women do not need men to make them happy. A womanising reporter sets out to prove her wrong by making her fall in love with him - only to end up head over heels himself. Romantic comedy, starring Ewan McGregor, Renee Zellweger, David Hyde Pierce and Sarah Paulson.

Cast & Crew

Barbara Novak Renée Zellweger
Catcher Block Ewan McGregor
Vikki Hiller Sarah Paulson
Peter "Mac" MacMannus David Hyde Pierce
Gladys Rachel Dratch
Maurice Jack Plotnick
Theodore Banner Tony Randall
Gwendolyn Jeri Ryan
Dry cleaner's wife Florence Stanley
Director Peyton Reed
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Sexual references. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 3 Oct 2003
Comedy Drama