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[[redirect:Film/DownWithLove]]''Down With Love'' may refer to:

* ''Film.DownWithLove'', an American romantic comedy
* ''Series.DownWithLove'', a Taiwanese drama series.

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15th Feb '13 11:35:39 AM erforce
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A RomanticComedy farce that lampoons romantic comedies around the 1950s and early 1960s, particularly the Rock Hudson and Doris Day films.

Aspiring author Barbara Novak (Renée Zellweger) arrives in New York to publish her book, ''[[TitleDrop Down With Love]]'', which encourages female empowerment through chocolate and casual sex. It becomes an international best seller, even edging out a biography of John F. Kennedy, and millions of women everywhere buy it and start learning from its precepts. This does not sit well with the majority of men in the world, least of all Catcher Block (EwanMcGregor), a reporter for Know Magazine, and TheCasanova rivalling JamesBond in both suaveness and libido. After Novak calls him out for his behavior on national television, he hatches a scheme to get her to fall in love with him, thereby violating her own golden rule. She's already expressed her displeasure with him, so in order to get into her pants, he fabricates the persona of a country-boy astronaut who has just touched back down to earth, and as such has no idea of her book or her identity.

There is also a BetaCouple of Barbara's chain-smoking best friend and publisher Vikki Hiller, and Catcher's neurotic boss Peter [=MacMannus=], who get drawn into the hijinks of Catcher and Barbara.

(For the 2010 TaiwaneseSeries of the same name, see ''Series/DownWithLove''.)
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!!This film shows examples of:

* AllMenArePerverts: The senior editors of Banner House lean forward eagerly as Barbara begins elaborating on the self-pleasuring technique outlined in her book...then sit back in disappointment when the chapter's title turns out to be "Up With Chocolate."
* AllStarCast
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Nancy becomes Barbara]]
* BetaCouple: Vikki and Peter.
* BigApplesauce
* TheCasanova: Catcher Block, so much.
* CreativeClosingCredits: The ending credits include an extra scene with Renee & Ewan singing a duet and one with David Hyde Pierce and Sarah Paulson.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Via the magic of SplitScreen, Barbara and "Zip"'s conversation looks like other activities, complete with [[SmokingHotSex cool-down cigarette]].
** There's also Catcher and Peter's conversation about the length of their... socks.
* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: Not ''TheFuture", but Now Magazine's offices are built to be much more round than their competitor's.
* FengSchwing: Spoofed with Catcher's apartment, which, among other things, has a hideaway bar that takes up the entire wall.
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler:Barbara/Nancy's entire plot to snare Catcher, which essentially hinges on her uncanny prediction of the entirety of the film's events up until the point of her revelation.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: Something between a blonde and a brunette?
* HeyItsThatGuy!: It's [[{{Frasier}} Niles]]!
** And [[StarWars Obi-Wan]]!
** And one of the publishers of Barbara's book is [[{{Psych}} Detective Carlton Lassiter]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: Catcher and Barbara's conversation near the end, about their two magazines, [[WhosOnFirst "Know" and "Now"]].
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: [[spoiler:How Nancy/Barbara knew her plan would work.]]
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Vikki and Peter are played by two "out" actors. with many knowing in-jokes about Peter ''not'' being gay even though Vikki thinks he just might be.
** Although strictly speaking, neither of them were out publicly at the time of the movie's release, although in Hyde-Pierce's case it was something of an open secret.
* LadykillerInLove
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: At dinner, Vikki tells Peter how she dismissed the theory that life was a zany sex comedy in which he switched keys with the lead to ensnare her. Unsurprisingly, the theory that Peter was gay made more sense.
* LineOfSightName: Catcher's alias of "Zip Martin", via signs in a drycleaners.
* LivingLegend: Catcher Block, ladies' man, man's man, man about town is an in-universe MemeticSexGod.
** Kim Novak deliberately seeks this out as part of her {{plan}}
* MistakenForGay: Peter, played by gay actor David Hyde-Pierce.
* TheMistress: The mistress of Theodore Banner, head of the publishing house, stops listening to him thanks to the book.
* [[spoiler: OffscreenInertia: So... Are they going to stay on that rope ladder all the way to Vegas?]]
* OffscreenTeleportation: [[spoiler:Barbara appearing in the elevator at the very end, when Catcher had just tried to apologize to her in her office.]]
* OperaGloves: A few of the dresses, including the gold dresses the triplets wore.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: "Oh, Vikki! You're the best friend a girl from Maine who wrote a book and came to New York could ever have!" Meant as a genuine compliment.
* [[spoiler:OutGambitted: Novak pulls this on Block. It works out well for both of them though.]]
* PrettyInMink: Vikki wears a mink wrap for a date, and the triplets wear identical white fox wraps.
* PunnyName: Catcher Block
* RecordNeedleScratch: Fairly justified.
* SexyStewardess: Catcher Block seems to attract these like flies.
* StrawFeminist: Parodied; the female characters spend the movie bouncing wildly between the early 1960s version of this trope and it's 'Barbie doll housewife' extreme opposite.
* [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Triplet Foursome Fantasy]]
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A RomanticComedy farce that lampoons romantic comedies around the 1950s and early 1960s, particularly the Rock Hudson and Doris Day films.

Aspiring author Barbara Novak (Renée Zellweger) arrives in New York to publish her book, ''[[TitleDrop Down With Love]]'', which encourages female empowerment through chocolate and casual sex. It becomes an international best seller, even edging out a biography of John F. Kennedy, and millions of women everywhere buy it and start learning from its precepts. This does not sit well with the majority of men in the world, least of all Catcher Block (EwanMcGregor), a reporter for Know Magazine, and TheCasanova rivalling JamesBond in both suaveness and libido. After Novak calls him out for his behavior on national television, he hatches a scheme to get her to fall in love with him, thereby violating her own golden rule. She's already expressed her displeasure with him, so in order to get into her pants, he fabricates the persona of a country-boy astronaut who has just touched back down to earth, and as such has no idea of her book or her identity.

There is also a BetaCouple of Barbara's chain-smoking best friend and publisher Vikki Hiller, and Catcher's neurotic boss Peter [=MacMannus=], who get drawn into the hijinks of Catcher and Barbara.

(For the 2010 TaiwaneseSeries of the same name, see ''Series/DownWithLove''.)
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!!This film shows examples of:

* AllMenArePerverts: The senior editors of Banner House lean forward eagerly as Barbara begins elaborating on the self-pleasuring technique outlined in her book...then sit back in disappointment when the chapter's title turns out to be "Up With Chocolate."
* AllStarCast
* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Nancy becomes Barbara]]
* BetaCouple: Vikki and Peter.
* BigApplesauce
* TheCasanova: Catcher Block, so much.
* CreativeClosingCredits: The ending credits include an extra scene with Renee & Ewan singing a duet and one with David Hyde Pierce and Sarah Paulson.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Via the magic of SplitScreen, Barbara and "Zip"'s conversation looks like other activities, complete with [[SmokingHotSex cool-down cigarette]].
** There's also Catcher and Peter's conversation about the length of their... socks.
* EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: Not ''TheFuture", but Now Magazine's offices are built to be much more round than their competitor's.
* FengSchwing: Spoofed with Catcher's apartment, which, among other things, has a hideaway bar that takes up the entire wall.
* GambitRoulette: [[spoiler:Barbara/Nancy's entire plot to snare Catcher, which essentially hinges on her uncanny prediction of the entirety of the film's events up until the point of her revelation.]]
* HeroesWantRedheads: Something between a blonde and a brunette?
* HeyItsThatGuy!: It's [[{{Frasier}} Niles]]!
** And [[StarWars Obi-Wan]]!
** And one of the publishers of Barbara's book is [[{{Psych}} Detective Carlton Lassiter]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: Catcher and Barbara's conversation near the end, about their two magazines, [[WhosOnFirst "Know" and "Now"]].
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: [[spoiler:How Nancy/Barbara knew her plan would work.]]
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Vikki and Peter are played by two "out" actors. with many knowing in-jokes about Peter ''not'' being gay even though Vikki thinks he just might be.
** Although strictly speaking, neither of them were out publicly at the time of the movie's release, although in Hyde-Pierce's case it was something of an open secret.
* LadykillerInLove
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: At dinner, Vikki tells Peter how she dismissed the theory that life was a zany sex comedy in which he switched keys with the lead to ensnare her. Unsurprisingly, the theory that Peter was gay made more sense.
* LineOfSightName: Catcher's alias of "Zip Martin", via signs in a drycleaners.
* LivingLegend: Catcher Block, ladies' man, man's man, man about town is an in-universe MemeticSexGod.
** Kim Novak deliberately seeks this out as part of her {{plan}}
* MistakenForGay: Peter, played by gay actor David Hyde-Pierce.
* TheMistress: The mistress of Theodore Banner, head of the publishing house, stops listening to him thanks to the book.
* [[spoiler: OffscreenInertia: So... Are they going to stay on that rope ladder all the way to Vegas?]]
* OffscreenTeleportation: [[spoiler:Barbara appearing in the elevator at the very end, when Catcher had just tried to apologize to her in her office.]]
* OperaGloves: A few of the dresses, including the gold dresses the triplets wore.
* OverlyNarrowSuperlative: "Oh, Vikki! You're the best friend a girl from Maine who wrote a book and came to New York could ever have!" Meant as a genuine compliment.
* [[spoiler:OutGambitted: Novak pulls this on Block. It works out well for both of them though.]]
* PrettyInMink: Vikki wears a mink wrap for a date, and the triplets wear identical white fox wraps.
* PunnyName: Catcher Block
* RecordNeedleScratch: Fairly justified.
* SexyStewardess: Catcher Block seems to attract these like flies.
* StrawFeminist: Parodied; the female characters spend the movie bouncing wildly between the early 1960s version of this trope and it's 'Barbie doll housewife' extreme opposite.
* [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Triplet Foursome Fantasy]]
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8th Jan '13 11:22:40 AM SeptimusHeap
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* PowerBlonde: She's the cool, blonde Barbara Novak.
10th Dec '12 4:08:10 PM eroock
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* CreativeClosingCredits: The ending credits include an extra scene with Renee & Ewan singing a duet and one with David Hyde Pierce and Sarah Paulson.
18th Nov '12 2:56:38 PM Aiguille
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Aspiring author Barbara Novak (Renée Zellweger) arrives in New York to publish her book, ''[[TitleDrop Down With Love]]'', which encourages female empowerment through chocolate and casual sex. It becomes an international best seller, even edging out a biography of John F. Kennedy, and millions of women everywhere buy it and start learning from its precepts. This does not sit well with the majority of men in the world, least of all Catcher Block (EwanMcGregor), a reporter for Know Magazine, and a {{Casanova}} rivalling JamesBond in both suaveness and libido. After Novak calls him out for his behavior on national television, he hatches a scheme to get her to fall in love with him, thereby violating her own golden rule. She's already expressed her displeasure with him, so in order to get into her pants, he fabricates the persona of a country-boy astronaut who has just touched back down to earth, and as such has no idea of her book or her identity.

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Aspiring author Barbara Novak (Renée Zellweger) arrives in New York to publish her book, ''[[TitleDrop Down With Love]]'', which encourages female empowerment through chocolate and casual sex. It becomes an international best seller, even edging out a biography of John F. Kennedy, and millions of women everywhere buy it and start learning from its precepts. This does not sit well with the majority of men in the world, least of all Catcher Block (EwanMcGregor), a reporter for Know Magazine, and a {{Casanova}} TheCasanova rivalling JamesBond in both suaveness and libido. After Novak calls him out for his behavior on national television, he hatches a scheme to get her to fall in love with him, thereby violating her own golden rule. She's already expressed her displeasure with him, so in order to get into her pants, he fabricates the persona of a country-boy astronaut who has just touched back down to earth, and as such has no idea of her book or her identity.



* {{Casanova}}: Catcher Block, so much.

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* {{Casanova}}: TheCasanova: Catcher Block, so much.
7th Sep '12 2:07:50 PM Landis
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* [[spoiler: OffscreenInertia: So... Are they going to stay on that rope ladder all the way to Vegas?]]
22nd Jul '12 3:30:00 PM harveytwh
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* RecordNeedleScratch: Fairly justified.
10th Jul '12 11:28:54 PM movie007
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* [[{{ptitlej7bxdtgx}} Everything Is An iPod In The Future]]: Not ''TheFuture", but Now Magazine's offices are built to be much more round than their competitor's.

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* [[{{ptitlej7bxdtgx}} Everything Is An iPod In The Future]]: EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture: Not ''TheFuture", but Now Magazine's offices are built to be much more round than their competitor's.




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* [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Triplet Threesome Fantasy]]

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* [[TwinThreesomeFantasy Triplet Threesome Foursome Fantasy]]
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