'Down With Love'
(Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, David Hyde Pierce / PG-13 / 110 mins / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: In this homage to the romantic comedies of Doris Day and Rock Hudson, Renée Zellweger plays feminist writer Barbara Novak, who has just penned Down With Love, a book denouncing romance in favor of career goals. When her new work hits the best-seller list, she is tracked down by womanizing journalist Catcher Block (Ewan McGregor), and an unlikely romance blooms.
Verdict: For the most part, 'Down With Love' is an intelligent and amusing, light, funny, and clever film, but clearly ends up to be nothing short of a succulent piece of postmodern fluff! Beneath the exuberance of this fond counterfeit is a heartbeat as powerful as that of any film anchored in the present, that's for sure, but it's meticulous and oddly leaden approach walks an unsteady tightrope between homage, parody and glibly condescending mockery. Basically, 'Down With Love' ultimate downfall is that it is woefully lacking in the one indispensable ingredient of urbane comedy — great banter!
Reviewed by Russell A. Trunk