The basic idea is that Barbara Novak (Renee Zellweger) authored a book called "Down With Love" which inspired women to stop falling in love and start acting like men, that is - have sex "a la carte" and not let love interfere with their careers.
Hotshot womanizing journalist Catcher Block (Ewan Mcgregor)wants to find a way to expose Barbara Novak and ruin her, because her book is losing him all his dates! He creates an alternate persona of Zip Martin, a geeky astronaut, and gets Barbara to fall in love with him. There is a very tongue-in-cheek twist ending, but it was still funny!
There are some great one-liners here, and the very suggestive talking on the telephone scene is hilarious! The acting is superb, I absolutely loved both Mcgregor and Zellweger in the roles, they were perfect! The costumes were also great, I loved the scenes where Barbara and her editor, Vicky, enter a restaurant and shed their jackets. Too funny!
Anyways, overall - this was a very cute movie. I highly recommend checking it out, its not like most romantic comedies that come out of Hollywood these days. Some might not like it, or realize how tongue-in-cheek the whole movie is, but I found myself really enjoying it because it was unique.
The movie is set in 1962, rather than 2003. This is probably what makes the film work. The viewer automatically thinks of a Doris Day/Rick Hudson sort of film. The film is both a spoof of the earlier films, yet it also shows respect fore the contributions of these films to the world of entertainment.
Of course, whenever a movie is for sale, there is the eternal question: Should I rent it or buy it? Movie buffs will certainly want this film in a collection since it is bound to become a classic. I have now viewed it twice, and I am finding certain one liners in it that I missed the first time, so my verdict is that one should buy it. It's a fun movie that could very well become timeless.
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