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Down With Love DVD Review

Updated on March 9, 2009

An Homage to the Movies of My Childhood

This is a really cute and fun movie for folks like me who grew up with the Rock Hudson/Doris Day Romantic Comedies like Pillow Talk. The movie is very entertaining, and the presentation of the story as a movie set in the 1960s that looks as if it was made in the 1960s is quite unique and clever. This movie is very enjoyable from start to finish. The characters are charming and delightful. There is a bit of a surprise in the plot and a nice musical surprise in the credits.

The Originals

Classic Merry Mayhem!

The story follows Barbara Novak, an enterprising gal, played by Renee Zellweger and Catcher Block, a womanizing playboy, played by Ewan McGregor. It takes place in a highly stylized version of New York in the 1960s. Barbara is the author of a book for women called Down With Love. The book advises women to approach love and sex as men do - without emotional entanglement - thereby allowing themselves to be more efficient and successful at work. Catcher Block is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist at a top men's magazine called Know, who sets his sights on proving that Miss Novak wants love and marriage just like every other woman. Merry mayhem ensues!

This Early Tony Randall Film Showcases His Talents

More David Hyde Pierce

Tony Randall Revisits the Genre of His Youth

This is a fun movie that leaves you smiling. The performances are charming and sweet. It is nice to see Tony Randall in one of the last roles of his career, looking spry and wry as always! The style of the movie is just right. Reminescent of the romantic comedies of the 60s and overblown enough to poke fun at itself. Costumes are dazzling. David Hyde Pierce is hilarious and has one of the funniest lines in the movie. I honestly didn't know Ewan McGregor had it in him to play this kind of part, though I know more about his talents now. I might have chosen someone a little prettier than Rene Zellweger for the lead, but she was charming. The song and dance number that Zellweger and McGregor perform is quite good, but having been raised on the Dick Van Dyke show - I've seen better!

Terrific Soundtrack!

Cute & Fun!

This is a cute movie that's a lot of fun, and I highly recommend it. Be sure to watch the Special Features for more about the lavish sets, wonderful costumes, and truly impressive music!

Ewan McGregor: And now for something completely different!

Renee Zellweger in a completely different and wonderful role!


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  • justmesuzanne profile imageAUTHOR


    9 years ago from Texas

    Hi Elena! Yes, I was very impressed with him in this. He is not a great singer, but he can carry a tune. I had no idea how many other movies he has made. I will have to explore them. He is certainly easy on the eyes! ;D

    Hi BK! Thanks! I haven't had a lot of good article ideas lately, but I have watched tons of unusual movies, so I decided just to start reviewing them when I don't have another idea! :D Gotta keep my chops up!

  • BkCreative profile image


    9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    I like this idea of movie reviews!

    Thanks justmesuzanne!

  • Elena. profile image


    9 years ago from Madrid

    Hi Suzanne! The way you describe the movie, it actually sounds like a remake of Pillow Talk! And yes, Ewan McGregor is quite the multifaceted actor, he was fabulous in Moulin Rouge, I had no idea he could sing! :-)


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