Down To You

"Terrible"

Down To You Review


"Down To You" is like being cornered at a party by some sad, drunk guy whose girlfriend has just dumped him.

The expressionless Freddie Prinze, Jr. ("Wing Commander") is the guy, a recent college grad who talks to the camera incessantly and without zeal about Julia Stiles ("10 Things I Hate About You"), the dream-girl co-ed that broke his heart. He tells the whole story of their prefabricated, paper doll romance in trite and exasperating detail -- not a moment of which even hints at originality -- and all the while you sit in the audience, dying to change the subject.

This is Miramax's second annual dim-bulb teen romance to be dumped in the cinematic bone yard of late January. The pathetic "She's All That" -- a "Pygmalion" redo (also starring Prinze) that preached the keys to happiness as lip gloss and popular boyfriends -- also came from the formerly highfalutin art house, which didn't even screen this movie for the press (officially, the print was lost). A fact that indicates the studio realizes how low it has sunk.

Written and directed by the very green Kris Isacsson (whose only previous credit is winning Best Short at Sundance in '97), this picture employs getting-to-know-you montages, walks in Central Park, a top-40 soundtrack and other gratuitous romantic clichés as it sleepwalks through a wafer-thin, what-went-wrong parable about the relationship between aspiring chef Prinze and aspiring artist Stiles as they discovered together that they're nervous about their futures.

Prinze and the pretty but inconsequential Stiles (who also gets face-time with the audience to spin her perspective) are so unattached to each other that some scenes seem to be made entirely of cut-away shots, filmed with only one of the actors in the room at a time. Neither of them give us any reason to care about these people.

The inexperienced Isacsson's muddled stew of styles and story asides often leaves the movie flailing around like a dying fish, with uncreatively eccentric (and often unexplained) secondary characters drifting in and out of scenes. Zak Orth ("In & Out"), Shawn Hatosy ("Outside Providence") and Selma Blair ("Cruel Intentions") all come and go in unfocused performances as various friends.

But no matter what the cutesy sitcom twist (Prinze imagines himself on Comedy Central's "The Man Show") or film school gimmick (in addition to breaking the fourth wall, Prize and Stiles interact with their flashbacks), "Down To You" feels 100-percent artificial. The settings and situations, the courtship, the longing, the Big Fight, the inevitable reunion -- not one moment of the movie rings true.

What Isacsson seems to be shooting for here is a college-age "When Harry Met Sally," which is an honorable enough intention. But his aim is so far off there's almost nothing redeemable in this flatly-acted, absent-mindedly directed, formulaic flop -- save the sense of relief that comes when the downhearted dumpee finally finishes his story.



Down To You

Facts and Figures

Run time: 91 mins

In Theaters: Friday 21st January 2000

Distributed by: Miramax

Production compaines: Miramax Films

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 1.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 3%
Fresh: 2 Rotten: 57

IMDB: 4.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Kris Isaccson

Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr. as Alfred 'Al' Connelly, as Imogen, as Cyrus, as Eddie Hicks, as Monk Jablonski, as Jim Morrison, as Lana, as Chef Ray, as Judy Connelly, as Lovestruck Woman, Zay Harding as Lovestruck Man

Also starring:

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Zoolander 2 Movie Review

Zoolander 2 Movie Review

With virtually the same blend of wit and idiocy as the 2001 original, this fashion-scene...

A Bigger Splash Movie Review

A Bigger Splash Movie Review

Italian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love) reteams with Tilda Swinton for this fresh, tricky...

Deadpool Movie Review

Deadpool Movie Review

Both the filmmakers and the characters on-screen are so pleased with themselves that this might...

Trumbo Movie Review

Trumbo Movie Review

An entertaining film about sobering true events, this is the story of notorious screenwriter Dalton...

Goosebumps Movie Review

Goosebumps Movie Review

Mixing the action, comedy and horror from novelist R.L. Stein's books into a family-friendly package,...

Dad's Army Movie Review

Dad's Army Movie Review

The beloved 1970s British sit-com gets the big screen treatment, although there's been very little...

Spotlight Movie Review

Spotlight Movie Review

This film demonstrates that you don't need guns to make an exciting thriller. Based on...

Advertisement
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Movie Review

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Movie Review

Not the subtlest director working in Hollywood, Michael Bay brings his surging machismo to this...

Dirty Grandpa Movie Review

Dirty Grandpa Movie Review

There's nothing clever about this deliberately rude and vulgar comedy, but certain audiences will find...

The Big Short Movie Review

The Big Short Movie Review

Smart and snappy, this comedy is one of the scariest films of the year, using...

The 5th Wave Movie Review

The 5th Wave Movie Review

Also based on the first in a trilogy of post-apocalyptic teen novels, this thriller feels...

Ride Along 2 Movie Review

Ride Along 2 Movie Review

Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reteam for a sequel no one really asked for, following...

Room Movie Review

Room Movie Review

One of the most extraordinary films of the year, this drama cleverly weaves in events...

Creed Movie Review

Creed Movie Review

While this film is basically Rocky VII, it's also much more than that, and perhaps...

A Perfect Day Movie Review

A Perfect Day Movie Review

An irreverent comedy in the style of the original M.A.S.H., this wartime romp takes an...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.