Down With Love is a recent release (May 16, 2003) starring Ewan MacGregor and Renee Zellweger. Set in Manhattan in 1962, the film is a spoof on the charming Rock Hudson-Doris Day films of days gone by.
Barbara Novak (Zellweger) is a writer that becomes an overnight sensation with her book “Down With Love”, which insists that women need to get out into the workplace and stop living their lives for men, and realize most importantly that love and sex are two very different things. She suggests chocolate as an appropriate substitute for sex when need be.
Catcher Block (MacGregor) is the man’s man, ladies man, man about town magazine writer who initially cancels on his interview appointments with Ms. Novak. From there, the humor begins. Sarah Paulson (Leap of Faith) and David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) both make the jump from TV to supporting roles, and do a bang-up job.
The movie is laugh-out-loud funny at points, and is full of silly moments.
I did, however, find myself in a bit of a reflective mood after the movie…am I a Down With love girl? I used to be, or atleast I tried to be. I decided to invest in hobbies and my career and not concern myself with ever finding a wonderful someone to spend my days with. Nowadays, I feel a bit differently.
Well, just a bit.
The film is rated PG-13 for sexual humour and dialogue.