Down With Love

Critics Consensus

Looks great, but Zellweger and McGregor have no chemistry together, and the self-satisfied, knowing tone grates.



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A post-modern sex comedy set in the early 1960s centering upon a love affair between a best-selling advice author and a hotshot journalist/playboy.

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  • Jun 20, 2011
    `It's revenge...against men!' Set in the 1960s, the movie follows the story of Barbara Novak (Rene Zellweger), a lady with a female ax to grind who moves to New York City and has her book, `Down With Love,' published. She is set to be interviewed by Know Magazine's star reporter, Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor), a combined roving bachelor and smug, successful journalist whose typical revolving-door treatment of women is a fine illustration of why the book was written. When Block continually misses meetings with Novak to discuss her book because his sexual escapades with stewardesses, she refuses to meet him. What's more, she badmouths Block as a man while on a television show discussing her book. Block then plans to get even by writing an expose on Novak. Pretending to be someone else, he plans on getting her to fall in love with him by abstaining from sex with her, the very opposite of what Novak writes that women should do in her book-forget the love and go straight for the sex. He's ready to put her in her place but it sort of blows up in his face when he starts to fall in love with her. Complete Eye Candy! The scenes, the costumes, the cinematography! Everything just grabs the eye, the sexual slap stick is rampant and Ewan and Renee give delightful performances. McGregor is delightfully suave, wicked and even boyish as the womanizing cad. The split screen montage of sexual positions was brilliant, and the musical number at the end was genius.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2011
    Oh my god Renee was so obnoxious my respect for her plummeted to Nathaniel Rogers levels. The one redeeming quality of this film was Ewan McGregor. He was seriously sexy.
    Jennifer X Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2010
    Its too obnoxious and self aware for its own good. The music is good and David Hyde Pierce is hysterical but the film fails to really capture the essence of early 1960s romantic comedies or lampoon them either.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2009
    I am a fan of Renee Zellweger and not a great fan of Ewan McGregor, but I am really wondering what were they thinking before accepting these roles. Flat parody with no sparks at all! After this movie I would not recommend Peyton Reed as a director. Watch something else!
    Panta O Super Reviewer

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