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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.
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.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic
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
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
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 OnlineFull
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.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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).