Please don't be fooled. Not by the cloying title, the impossibly adorable leads or even the pre-release hype which has been calling Down With Love the resurrection of the Rock Hudson/Doris Day romantic comedy and a couple-friendly alternative to the twin roar of X2 and The Matrix Reloaded. Don't be fooled because Down With Love is less a romantic comedy than a careful study of them. It's very funny, even sweet at times, but not a drag-my-boyfriend-to-it kinda movie, unless figuring it out afterward in the parking lot puts you in the mood.
Down With Love sets itself gently down in Manhattan, circa 1962, a decision that seems to be made less by the screenplay than the art department. Everybody's got those fabulous right-angled styles Doris and Rock wore so well in, say, Lover Come Back. The apartments and office towers are gorgeous modernist swank. Even the credit sequence (do not arrive late) does that wonderful, hollow chromatic drawing thing that worked so beautifully in Catch Me If You Can. It reminds me of the late, great title designer Saul Bass, after a few afternoon martinis.
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