Best selling feminist author Barbara Novak becomes the target of suave playboy Catcher Block. Her book, Down With Love encourages the women of 1962 to separate sex from love, the way men do, in order to become equals in the workplace.
Down With Love
Directors: Peyton Reed
Producers: Bruce Cohen & Dan Jinks
Writers: Eve Ahlert & Dennis Drake
Features: Audio Commentary by Director Peyton Reed Deleted Scenes with Optional Director's Commentary HBO Special: Making of Down With Love Gag Reel 8 Production Vignettes Music Video: "Here's to Love" performed by Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor
Barbara Novak..Renee Zellweger
Catcher Block..Ewan McGregor
Peter MacMannus..David Hyde Pierce
Vikki Hiller..Sarah Paulson
Theodore (T.B.) Banner..Tony Randall
Gwendolyn, the Hot Stewardess..Jeri Ryan
In a kind of homage to the colorful 60's bedroom comedies, Down With Love takes it's cues from the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies like Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back. For example, there's the alter ego of Catcher Block, who has a southern drawl, just like Rock Hudson did in Pillow Talk. If you've seen the Day/Hudson duo, then you'll notice the similarities instantly.
Barbara Novak is fresh off a farm in Maine and has written a best seller, or it will be, called Down With Love. If only she and her genius editor, Vicki Hiller can figure out how to promote it so it can be number 1. Well, they do and soon Ms. Novak is a woman wanted by all men - they want her to go away so their wives will go back to doing the cooking, cleaning and well, the husbands, too. Soon Catcher Block, "ladies' man, man's man, man about town" and the top writer at KNOW Magazine, begins to feel the burn. The numbers in his little black book are becoming more and more worthless, so Catch vows to expose Barbara Novak for what she really is: a heartbroken bitter spinster. Let the battle of the sexes commence! Of course there's a twist and this one is pretty fun.
From the bright clothes and high hair to the way these women swalk (that walk with alot of hip swishing..) it's easy to forget that you're watching a movie made in 2003. The movie score is perfect for this film, and thankfully no cheesy songs through out the whole thing! The music may begin to deceive you, as there were a couple places I just knew I would have to fast forward the singing, but those moments never came. It's pretty witty, with quite a few "sexual" zingers thrown in there (think of the Austin Power's strategically placed sausage) for a quick laugh. Oh, and Ewan not only takes his shirt off, but dances in a towel... 'Nuff said bout that.
The DVD's special features are pretty interesting to flip through. The HBO Special is a neat look at how they brought the 60's alive and the gag reel made me chuckle. Also, you should watch the deleted scenes. Unlike most times when you go, "OK, well I know why those were cut," the deleted scenes gave me more story.
Overall, it's a decent enough storyline to keep you watching. But when I say "you", well I'm pretty much talking to the ladies.. My boyfriend, Tino began watching it with me, but 20 minutes into the thing, he was snoring and I had to send him to bed. Oh well, what can you do, right? This would be a fun "girls nite with lots of wine and pizza" type of movie.
----Jen and Tino