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Down with Love (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

Ewan McGregor , Renée Zellweger , Peyton Reed  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ewan McGregor, Renée Zellweger, David Hyde Pierce, Sarah Paulson, Rachel Dratch
  • Directors: Peyton Reed
  • Writers: Dennis Drake, Eve Ahlert
  • Producers: Arnon Milchan, Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks, Paddy Cullen
  • Format: Widescreen, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JLZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Down with Love (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Four deleted scenes with optional director commentary
  • "Here's to Love" original network TV performance!
  • "Guess My Game" featuring celebrity guest Barbara Novak - original network broadcast
  • Hair and wardrobe tests
  • Blooper reel
  • Featurettes: On Location, Creating the World, The Costumes, The Swingin' Sounds, Down with Love Up with Tony Randall, Split Decisions
  • HBO special
  • "Down with Love" testimonial

Editorial Reviews

Renee Zellweger (Chicago) and Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge) are the toast of the town in the most stylish romantic comedy of the year! From the producers of American Beauty and the director of Bring It On comes a teasing, tantalizing battle of the sexes that is "pure enchantment" (Daily News). When best-selling feminist author Barbara Novak (Zellweger) becomes the target of dashing playboy Catcher Block (McGregor), these sparring, would-be lovers generate enough sparks to fly you to the moon and back. In other words, the ultimate catch has just met his match!

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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doris and Rock--with a Twist! November 10, 2003
Format:DVD
"Down with Love" is a little gem of a movie that pays homage to the vintage 60s Doris Day-Rock Hudson films that were considered so witty in their day.
Although director Peyton Reed explains in his excellent commentary (more about that later) that the film was based on a montage of many of the 60s movies, the plot most resembles "Pillow Talk"--and Renee and Ewan are absolutely perfect.
From the clothes to the sets to the photography to the color to the split-screen "talking on the phone" scenes (much more suggestive than the originals!), this perfectly choreographed, beautifully written romp is just a blast, as we would have said back then. There is just enough of a "wink-wink" to let you know that the actors know that YOU know that it's all tongue in cheek"--but even though the satire is broad, it never spoils the fun.
David Hyde-Pierce is superb as the neurotic friend of Ewan (the old Tony Randall role), and Tony Randall himself makes a cameo appearance that is simply the icing on the cake. The acting is a work of art, just right, making everything seem effortless.
But when one watches the director's commentary, one realizes just how tightly each scene was choreographed to achieve that "effortless" look--unlike most DVDs, I found the director's comments actually added to my enjoyment of the movie, and I watched it again after finishing his explanation of how things were done.
All in all, I recommend this movie highly. I truly hope they are successful enough to parody ALL the Doris-Rock movies. I'll be there to watch them if they do!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure, Unadulterated Fun! May 6, 2006
By etheria
Format:DVD
This is one of the cutest chick flicks I've ever seen. Romantic comedy? Well, sort of. Our heroine, feminist writer Barbara Novak (Renee Zellweger) is out to change the world. How? By getting women to say "down with love," and adopt a more male life style--complete with sex a la carte!

Novak's plans are jepordized, however, when playboy journalist Catcher Block (Ewan McGreggor) is abadoned by his usual ladies. He is determined to stop Novak once and for all--using some very sneaky methods...

As other reviewers have pointed out, this movie is certainly lacking in substance. But who cares? You wanted a comedy, right? What this movie does have, in delightful abundance, is that old theatre charm. The acting, the comedy, and the special effects are all WAY over the top. But hey, not every movie is meant to be some deep, insightful masterpiece. If you do look beneath the surface, however, you will find one very important lesson: people are not always what they appear to be.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a delight! May 13, 2006
Format:DVD
Admittedly, I was hesitant to rent this movie, thinking it would be a cheap knock-off of a 60s re-make, but I was completely surprised. I don't see how this movie lacks in substance. It has the same wit and whimsy as the Doris Day/Rock Hudson sex comedies, except with a slightly jazzed up version of the 60s. Nothing ever replaces the classics, but Down With Love certainly holds its own with charm, suggestive humor and a clever script with a slinky little twist.

Costumes are amazing, acting is superb on all accounts (most especially by the sublime David Hyde Pierce). It's made of the stuff that Hollywood used to be about, and sometimes it's nice to have that nostalgic break in the current trend of controversial politico-religious films.

Renee and Ewan's chemistry is so on par that it takes the Hudson/Day connection to another level. This is a must see romantic comedy about the battle of the sexes. Men and women alike will love it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Ewan & Renee Piece! July 11, 2006
Format:DVD
I just love Ewan and Renee (not to mention David & Sarah!) in Down With Love. Ewan and Renee have proved themselves over and over again to be fantastic performers, and in my book, this one is tops! I am so glad that they made this film, for those of us who miss this type of lighthearted, uplifting, classy work of days gone by -- not to mention being able to see Ewan and Renee in some real quality signing and dancing! WOW! True chemistry. Their timing is impeccable. And I've got to say, Ewan, a very handsome man in his own right, never looked sexier. Absolutely gorgeous. They were meant for this... They all were! It was all wonderful. The glamorous outfits, the bright sceneries, the spaciousness, the clever props, the catchy music, the perfectly timed split screen segment done as sleek and artistically as a dance... the whole cast -- Including Tony Randall to bring it all back!!! -- Nothing could have been improved upon. This piece has kick, bounce, nostalgia, wit and smooth elegance. David Hyde Pierce, playing Tony Randall's classic character role, is right on the mark. I couldn't imagine a closer match... and his sidekick, Sarah Paulson, is pure gold. This movie was made for them, and anyone who hasn't watched it, or who did but just doesn't get it, is missing something genuinely worthwhile. To not "get it" is your unfortunate loss. When "It's A Wonderful Life" first came out, it was considered one of the worst movies around, having done pitifully in the box office. People were simply confused and thought it to be unrealistic silly fluff. It wasn't until many years later, when it was shown by accident on TV, that it started being cherished for the rare gem that it truly is. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love the original Doris Day/Rock Hudson films with its undercurrent...
I love the original Doris Day/Rock Hudson films with its undercurrent of homosexual reference. This subtlety was kept in Down with Love, and how great that Tony Randal appears as... Read more
Published 1 day ago by robert peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitchy Fun
Love this kitschy movie.
Published 12 days ago by T. Barros
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Holy cow I love this movie! And it came when it was supposed to.
Published 14 days ago by JesTheBest
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love love love
Published 17 days ago by Meghan
5.0 out of 5 stars with excellent transitions-- one of my favorite films
Very witty, with excellent transitions-- one of my favorite films.
Published 18 days ago by rghood
5.0 out of 5 stars cute
I graduated from film school, we had to watch lots of Roc Hudson and Dorris Day films and we really thought they got old, silly and lame, but fun. Read more
Published 1 month ago by LightLiveLove
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought this was a marvelous romp through all the fun music,...
As a Doris Day and Rock Husdson lover, I thought this was a marvelous romp through all the fun music, innocence and fashion of the 60s. It's cute, smart, and adorable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ethicsrule
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Oh I love this movie so much! Definitely worth buying. One of my favorite movies of all time! Thank youuu!
Published 1 month ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars watch this
back to the days of Doris day and Rock Hudson in this spoof that made all the right moves and made them fun, not grimy sexual
Published 2 months ago by Ralph Castanza
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK (3-stars) because we like the movie but did not receive what...
It's OK (3-stars) because we like the movie but did not receive what we thought we ordered. This page shows a DVD clearly labelled as "Wide Screen Edition. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MSNEmommy
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