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Down with Love 2003 123movies

Down with Love 2003 123movies

The ultimate catch has met his match.May. 08, 2003101 Min.
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Watch: Down with Love 2003 123movies, Full Movie Online – A brightly-colored, light-hearted homage to the early-1960s sex comedies that starred Rock Hudson and Doris Day. The story follows a best-selling female advice author who has all the answers until a sly journalist playboy starts asking the questions..
Plot: In 1962 New York City, love blossoms between a playboy journalist and a feminist advice author.
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50s-60s sex romantic comedies satirised and celebrated
Well, ‘Down With Love’ turned out to be a unexpectedly pleasant surprise. Love many of the late 50s and 60s sex romantic comedies, ‘Pillow Talk’ being a primary example, and can’t get enough of those with Doris Day and Rock Hudson which this film clearly was paying homage to. There was the worry though as to whether ‘Down With Love’ would be just another heavily predictable film with forced comedy moments, no romantic chemistry and no charm with talented casts wasted.

Luckily, ‘Down With Love’ on the most part was not one of those films. It is a satire and celebration of the sex romantic comedies from the late 50s and in particular the 60s, being set in 1962, and mostly does a really good job, capturing the fun, kitsch, charm, froth and affectionate nostalgia of the period and the films with incredibly impressive results. Is it as good as the films it’s satirising and celebrating? No. Are the two leads and their chemistry on the same level as Day and Hudson or even Day and James Garner? Not in a million years, but this is a tall order with not many actors and actresses today having the same amount of appeal and that special one of a kind chemistry that those stars had.

‘Down With Love’ is not perfect. It is easy to dismiss the story as being slight and predictable, and it is. One does have to bear in mind though that the story was not exactly the strong suit in the sex romantic comedies of the late 50s and 60s, it was the production values, the stars, the supporting cast, the writing (on the most part) and the chemistry between the stars that elevated those films to a greater level.

Mostly the script is fine, but it is not without its clunkers. Especially that homosexual accusation, that was cringe-worthy, completely out of place and if it was made in either of the decades that are being satirised and celebrated it would have been anachronistic and would have been anachronistic in its 1962 setting. A few of the more twisty moments were too obvious and didn’t serve much point and it occasionally affected the pacing. It was nice to see Tony Randall again, but he really deserved much better than a pointless cameo that gave him nothing to do, he might as well have not been in the film at all.

However, ‘Down With Love’ looks great and replicates the look of the late 50s and 60s perfectly, the glorious Technicolor, the super stylish photography, the colourful sets, the kitschy décor, sumptuous costuming, the CinemaScope logo. The split screen was clever in one scene. There are artificial painted backdrops and cheap back projection, but this was perfect and appropriate considering what the film is doing. The soundtrack is infectious and affectionate and the direction is controlled and super slick.

Apart from the odd clunker, the script is clever and witty while also being endearingly frothy. The characters lack depth but are not too shallow or annoying thanks to the charm of the cast. The story isn’t perfect, but is mainly fun, charming and captures the spirit of the period and films it’s satirising and celebrating perfectly and with clear affection.

Renee Zellwegger gives a sprightly and likable lead performance and is well matched by a charming, understated and carefree Ewan McGregor in the other lead role. Their chemistry is nicely done, to me it was there but subtle. It may not have been Day and Hudson but that is incredibly daunting for anybody since to replicate. David Hyde Pierce steals the film, looking like he is having the most fun, he certainly has the most energy. Sarah Poulson is amusingly wise-cracking and charming, if occasionally a little too tongue-in-cheek.

Overall, an unexpected pleasant surprise if not perfect. 7/10 Bethany Cox

Review By: TheLittleSongbird
As pink and silly as they come, but “Down with Love” is a fun romp
Meet Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor) he’s a “ladies man, man’s man, man about town” type of guy, and Barbara (Renée Zellweger) is more of a man’s woman, all decked in pink but independent. She wrote the book on how to live life without a man. Literally.

“Down with Love” is an ode to the sex films of the 1960s. Down to the fashions, feminism, and sex talk à la “Pillow Talk”(1959). It even stars Tony Randall too. It is a gorgeous film, with a lot of pink, a sexy leading man, and a lot of sexual innuendos. But compared to the Judd Apatow sex comedies of the 2000s, this is tame. Well silly and way over-the-top, but still pretty tame.

McGregor is gorgeous as the sexy leading man and Zellweger is pink-ified as the feminist leading woman. They have their fair share of sex jokes, gender stereotypes and ruses, but it’s also really funny. “Down with Love” is a fun romp through 2003 disguised as 1962.

Review By: napierslogs

Other Information:

Original Title Down with Love
Release Date 2003-05-08
Release Year 2003

Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min)
Budget 35000000
Revenue 20298207
Status Released
Rated PG-13
Genre Comedy, Romance
Director Peyton Reed
Writer Eve Ahlert, Dennis Drake
Actors Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger, David Hyde Pierce
Country Germany, United States
Awards 4 wins & 8 nominations
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix DTS, Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Panavision Primo Lenses, Panavision Panaflex Platinum, Panavision Primo Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (also prints), EFILM Digital Laboratories, Hollywood (CA), USA (digital intermediate)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman EXR 100T 5248, Kodak Vision 200T 5274, Vision 500T 5279)
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), Panavision (anamorphic) (source format), VistaVision (source format) (visual effects plates)
Printed Film Format 35 mm

Down with Love 2003 123movies
Down with Love 2003 123movies
Original title Down with Love
TMDb Rating 6.109 608 votes

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