Down with Love
Director: Peyton Reed Run Time: 101 min. Format: 35mm Rating: PG 13 Release Year: 2003
Starring: Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Sarah Paulson, David Hyde Pierce, Rachel Dratch
A riff on ‘60s romantic comedies from Bring It On director Peyton Reed, Down With Love stars Renée Zellweger as Barbara Novak, an author confident that her debut book will change the lives of women forever. Touting a rejection of romance in favor of casual sex, Novak assures women that they can achieve as much professional success as men. The book is such a massive success, even the initially dismissive journalist Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor) is enticed to profile its author. A chronic womanizer, Block is captivated by Novak, who seems above his advances.
Dismissed by some as pastiche some twenty years ago, Down With Love is a clever and charming movie buoyed by support performances by Sarah Paulson and David Hyde Pierce that has slowly been finding a devoted fan base.