Down to You

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2 1/2

Content: -1 1/2

This romantic comedy about two very appealing college students may be this year's Valentine date movie. At a popular bar near their New York City college, sophomore Al (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) meets freshman Imogen (Julia Stiles) who dazzles him with her beautiful smile. Compared to his sex-obsessed buddies, Al is reserved while Imogen is more spontaneous. Their initial dating blossoms into a full-blown romance, but after a summer away from Al, Imogen realizes she is not ready for a lifetime commitment. Their relationship becomes strained, and eventually they break up. The film follows their romance through its rugged course, but some of the best scenes are with Al's charming, funny father (Henry Winkler), a famous TV chef. DOWN TO YOU will appeal primarily to teenagers, but anyone who remembers their first love will find much to smile about. Don't expect a laugh-out-loud comedy -- it's more like cotton candy than a box of chocolates.

Al and Imogen become sexually involved after three months of dating, and many scenes of them in bed indicate they live together in the dorm. Waiting that long to become intimate makes the couple something of a novelty among their friends. Al's buddies often discuss their conquests, often embellished, and some of their comments are fairly explicit. There is no on-screen sex, but it is implied many times. A couple dropping to the floor between stacks in a bookstore, suggestive dancing at a party, and one of Al's friends admitting he had sex with a 60-year-old woman imply that a casual attitude about sex is universal. Both Al and Imogen, however, are forced to face consequences when she suspects shes pregnant. At parties, students drink heavily and drug use is also implied. In one scene, Imogen is shown how to inhale drugs. After their break-up, Al begins drinking heavily in his apartment, withdraws from his friends and even drinks a bottle of shampoo. Five obscenities and three regular profanities are unfortunate, but DOWN TO YOU disappoints us most with students into drugs, alcohol and casual sex.

Preview Reviewer: Mary Draughon
Miramax Films, 375 Greenwich, NY, NY 10013

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: Few (3) times Mild 2, Moderate 1

Obscene Language: Several (5) times - F-word 1, s-word 1, other 2, finger gesture 1

Profanity: Several (6) times Regular 3 (GD 1, G 2), Exclamatory 3

Violence: None, but minor car accident results in cuts on forehead

Sex: None; Implied several times (unmarried couple live together in dorm, several bedroom scenes, couple in bookstore drop to floor, couple on table)

Nudity: None; Near Nudity - Few times (low-cut nightgown, tight fitting, revealing dresses)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Many times (men discuss conquests/ sexual prowess or lack thereof, college students dance suggestively, girl tries to seduce friend's boyfriend, general casual attitude about sex)

Drugs: Several times (implied drug use at parties, one girl shows another drug paraphernalia, alcohol drinking among students, man overdoses on shampoo)

Other: Body piercing; close father-son relationship

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens and young adults

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