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May 5, 2013

Down with Love


At 6.2 rating in IMDB, the 2003 film “Down with Love” doesn’t have high enough rating. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it thoroughly. It’s funny, witty and to great extent, and contrary to some of the more staunch criticisms I’ve seen, it is good old fun.

Play 1. Down with Love Theme Song

Director Peyton Reed managed to produce superb and flawless cinematography, which captures the late 50s and early 60s, Doris Day and Rock Hudson’s light comedy films. To some it may seem like a parody, but personally I think Peyton goes a little bit further than that, since taking potshots would be too easy. Instead there is an uncanny manner in which he introduces modern current day values and somehow retrofits them into the 1962 era.

Another aspect of the film which I thoroughly enjoyed was Marc Shaiman’s soundtrack, which manages to keep it lively; way cool! Ah, you can follow this link to listen and sample all the tracks, and if you like it well enough, to purchase the soundtrack CD at


In some strange way I kind of reminisce these seemingly simple olden days. Call it nostalgia, or call it what you will, such “apparent” naïveté is refreshing. Of course, I say apparent, because reality, no matter which time period, is usually quite different.

The movie starts Renée Zellweger as new bestseller author Barbara Novak, and Ewan McGregor as Catcher Block, “the Ladies’ Man, Man’s Man, Man About Town”, a quite successful Know Man’s magazine journalist and sought after bachelor in New York city. Sarah Paulson as Vikki Hiller is Barbara’s book editor and she does a wonderful performance too. And David Hyde Pierce, as Peter MacMannus and owner of Know Man’s magazine, does an outstanding performance of subtle but well delivered self-effacing humour.

down-with-love3I will not give you the plot except to say that it is a fun convoluted romantic story that has a happy ending, such that only celluloid can provide. If you would like to read the complete plot details, just follow this link to Wikipedia.

Oh yes, I don’t want to forget to mention that the costumes were excellent, depicting the high fashion of the time. The setting scenes were also quite accurate too.

So if you do decide to watch this film, may I suggest you go to it with an open mind and with the intent to have some wholesome fun? Btw, apparently you can watch the whole movie at Oh, yes… don’t forget bring popcorn too!

Movie Trailer (2003)


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