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DOWN WITH LOVE

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Down With Love

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
102 minutes
Wide Release Date:
05/16/03
performer:
Ewan McGregor, Renee Zellweger, Rachel Dratch, Melissa George, Ivana Milicevic, Sarah Paulson, David Hyde Pierce, Tony Randall, Jeri Ryan
director:
Peyton Reed
distributor:
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author:
Eve Ahlert, Dennis Drake
genre:
Comedy, Romance

We gave it a B

A playfully synthetic romantic romp that pays homage to the daffy, nudge-nudge sex comedies of the late ’50s and early ’60s (e.g., Pillow Talk). Renee Zellweger is Barbara Novak, who arrives in Manhattan to publish her sex-and-the-single-girl manifesto. Ewan McGregor, in a wonderfully charming performance, is Catcher Block, ladies’ man and star writer for Know magazine, who decides to allay his secret fear of the aggressive modern female by demonstrating that Barbara’s book is bunk, baby. The movie is little more than an engaging stunt, set in a mad (if not Mad) movie version of 1962, with a resonant glee poised somewhere between Far From Heaven and Airplane!