Down With Love

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -1

Set in 1962, this romantic comedy has the look and feel of films of this era. Barbara Novak (Renee Zellweger) is a feminist author of a new book for women called Down with Love. In it she teaches women how to be more like men focused on career, empowerment and sex. Her book espouses the view that women excel in the workplace by accepting the so-called fact that love is to be ignored and casual sex is to be embraced. At first the book does not do well. But once she gets the book promoted on the Ed Sullivan Show, the sales take off. She does so well and her book is so popular that men do not want to date her. But debonair Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor) is a womanizing playboy publicist who stands for everything that Barbara is against, and he is determined to get her to fall in love with him. In this case, opposites attract but not without some interesting twists and turns.

While this movie brings the nostalgia of movies from a bygone era, it definitely carries with it the poor moral values of contemporary Hollywood. The language does not fall into the in-your-face objectionable category but is rather is an accumulation of sexual innuendoes scattered throughout the story. A split screen is used in a telephone conversation that places the two in such a way that it appears they are having sex. And in several overheard conversations, double meanings can be inferred so that innocent conversation takes on a sexual nature. And unfortunately the message offered regarding women being treated badly by men is for the women to get back at men by treating them the same way. Because of sexual humor and language and poor moral values, Preview cannot recommend this movie.

Preview Reviewer: Alan Boyer
20th Century Fox

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: mild (2) bastard, bitch.

Obscene Language: none.

Profanity: none.

Violence: none.

Sex: none.

Nudity: Near Nudity: women wearing bra and short dress, women in bathtub covered by bubbles, man in underwear, man covered by a towel.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: none.

Drugs: drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco.

Other: none.

Running Time: Unknown
Intended Audience: adults

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