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At Theaters: 5/16/2003 On Video: 10/7/2003
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 51 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 419906
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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Barbara Novak hits new York City with her new book DOWN WITH LOVE and becomes the target of ace journalist Catcher "Catch" Block, ladies' man / man's man/ man about town, who is determined to take her down.
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Romantic Comedy - This is a very light romantic comedy that, despite a general lack of objectionable content, is strictly for an adult audience due to suggestive innuendo.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Renee Zellweger CHICAGO, WHITE OLEANDER, BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY
Ewan McGregor STAR WARS: EPISODE II ATTACK OF THE CLONES
Director: Peyton Reed BRING IT ON
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About The Production
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: One miscellaneous profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None, but lots of veiled sex talk.
VIOLENCE: Punches and slaps for laughs.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Frequent alcohol and tobacco use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Nonstop comic banter, mostly of a suggestive nature.
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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Good "Those unaware that this is intended as an affectionate revival of a kind of film that hasn't been seen in more than three decades may find Down with Love to be a strange entity... Down with Love may not achieve huge box office numbers, but I'm glad the filmmakers got it into theaters.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "Down With Love is no better or worse than the movies that inspired it, but that is a compliment, I think. It recalls a time when society had more rigid rules for the genders, and thus more adventure in transcending them.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Above Average "It's a cute premise, and several co-stars help keep the fun going for a while...Dragging on too long is a more serious flaw in a romantic comedy than it might be in a complex drama. We don't ask much of a movie like this, but we do require it to be snappy, clever and quick.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Average "The film is juvenile when it should be adult, coarse when it ought to be bubbly, and upfront when witty circumspection is indicated. The result feels a bit like a drag show, a camp blend of pitch-perfect mimicry and anachronistic raunch. The film's design is so luscious you want to lick it off the screen, but the sniggering tone leaves a bad taste. McGregor and Hyde Pierce almost make the juvenile double-entendres sound clever while the rest of the cast is roundly defeated by the film's affectations.''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 178 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
4
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
3
Fairly High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
40
High
85%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
11
High
91%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
28
High
93%
30+Adults (M)
27
Fairly High
85%
30+Adults (F)
65
High
88%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

These are some fairly mixed opinions, but most enjoyed Down With Love very much. About a third didn't care for it, which is pretty high. Only a very few truly disliked it.

Chances are good that most of you will enjoy Down With Love, but I recommend that you read the detailed content before deciding to see it. There were quite a few negative comments. Most had to do with the sexual innuendos.

Also, this is not your typical romantic comedy. The story is told in an exaggerated, cute, fluffy style. It's almost like a musical where they tie the story to the beat of the music, but it doesn't have any musical/dance scenes. It's really hard to explain. If you tend to enjoy somewhat unusual styles of movies then you will probably enjoy Down With Love.

One final note. There isn't a great deal of humor in Down With Love. It has several funny scenes, but overall it's pretty shy of humor. It's still a cute romantic comedy, albeit an unusual one.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
Sorry, we were not given an advance screening of this movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Barbara Novak (Renee Zellweger) hits new York City with her new book DOWN WITH LOVE, a pre-feminist manifesto on saying "no" to love and "yes" to career, empowerment - and sex. As Barbara's revolutionary tome rockets to the top of the best-seller charts, she becomes the target of ace journalist Catcher "Catch" Block (Ewan McGregor), ladies' man / man's man/ man about town, who is determined to take her down.

Catch's best friend and boss, the neurotic and lovesick Peter McMannus (David Hyde Pierce), tries to rein in his star writer, while haplessly pursuing the object of his affections, Vikki Hiller (Sarah Paulson), Barbara's brilliant and feisty editor. Vikki plays tough in a man's world, which includes her old-style chauvinist boss, Theodore Banner (Tony Randall).

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