Down With Love (2003)

An over-the-top testament to the zany sex comedies of Rock Hudson and Doris Day.

Regan Humphrey

It is 1962 when novelist Barbara Novak relocates to New York City in search of fame and fortune. Her book, Down With Love, is a feminist manifesto, urging women to liberate themselves from the bondage of love and instead pursue equality, achievement, and casual sex. All her controversial bestseller-to-be needs is the right publicity—the kind of buzz Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor), infamous playboy and star journalist for KNOW Magazine, could generate. Getting her book on the shelves is one challenge. The battle of the sexes that ensues after her book skyrockets to the top is another.

REF SCORE: 48%

Soundtrack: 50%
Story: 80%
Writing: 70%
Diversity: 20%
Daring: 100%
Racism: PRESENT — 20%
Gender Bias: ADDRESSED — 50%
Homophobia: ADDRESSED — 30%

SUMMARY
In this colorful pastiche, Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor shine as antagonists who use their principles to argue themselves in and out of love.

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