Down With Love

Release Date: May 16, 2003

My gift is my sooooooooong.

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A throwback to the sweet early ‘60s romantic comedies that starred Rock Hudson and Doris Day, Down with Love is set in New York City in 1963, where Barbara Novak (Renée Zellweger) is a best-selling female advice writer. She is a strident feminist and knows all the answers until womanizing cad Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor) starts to ask the questions.

Director Peyton Reed is using a number of clever methods to further his homage to films such as Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, and Don’t Send Me Flowers. Probably the most obvious is that Tony Randall, who appeared in all three films, will make his return to the big screen for the first time since 1993. Beyond that, the director has actually created scenes that take place in cars purely so that he can use process shots of a fake background passing behind them. He’ll also make use of the split-screen, which is one of the techniques that makes Pillow Talk so memorable.

All in all, Down with Love looks to be a sentimental romp and a unique approach to the romantic comedy. With two popular young stars and a singular level of nostalgia, the film should appeal to a wide audience and has the possibility of making a big splash at the box office . (Kim Hollis/BOP)





Vital statistics for Down With Love
Main Cast Renee Zellweger, Ewan McGregor
Supporting Cast David Hyde Pierce, Sarah Paulson, Tony Randall
Director Peyton Reed
Screenwriter Eve Ahlert, Dennis Drake
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Rating PG-13
Running Time 101 minutes
Screen Count 2,123
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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