Down With Love is a valiant attempt at recreating the Doris Day, Rock Hudson era, but this is one movie that didn't pop the cork on my champagne bottle. This movie had everything and they still blew it. The sets, costumes, music; it was all perfect -- the mood was sublime. But then towards the end of the movie Renee Zellweger's character Barbara Novak opens her mouth just a little too wide --- breaking one of the cardinal rules of Rock Hudson and Doris Day movies.Barbara Novak (Zellweger) is an author of a book entitled Down With Love encouraging women to have sex like men -- IE without feelings and attachment and to stand up for themselves becoming equals to men at home and in the workplace.
Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor) is the man about town and has a girl on every corner...he's perfected his method of bedding women and boasts to his friend Peter MacMannus (David Hyde Pierce) that it only takes him ten minutes to seal the deal in his bachelor pad rigged with all the right amenities to get a woman in the mood.
Pierce's performance really is the best one in the movie with McGregor a close second and Zellweger in third. Pierce is dead on with his conglomerate impressions Tony Randall's characters (Randall also has a cameo in the movie). Pierce's slightly neurotic but lovable character almost steals the whole movie.
Vikki Hiller (Sarah Paulson) uses the term nerdy cute to describe MacMannus. Hiller is Novak's editor and confidante in the movie. Hiller and MacMannus tango their way through the movie echoing Novak and Block's cat and mouse game of who can pull one over on who better. It's an I know you know I know type deal in which they try not to let the other person know that they know in order to one up them further.
Confused Yet -- By the time you get to the climax you will be. Although I like to refer to it as the anti-climax because after that it all just went down hill. I just really wasn't satisfied at all. It's kinda like when you're watching a really great movie/show/book whatever and you find out the whole thing was done in a dream sequence..the whole thing just kind of deflates and runs out of steam. Well that's what this movie is like. They go so far off track there is no way to get the train back on the rails again.
Other than that it was great the set designers, costumers and all technical aspects are to be commended -- Fabulous. I just have a problem with the story. Doris never outsmarts Rock, it's just not supposed to be that way.The sad part is I LOVE ROMANTIC COMEDIES but this ship is going DOWN. My advice go rent PILLOW TALK and set sail for happier seas.