"Down with Love" is an homage to the Rock Hudson – Doris Day movies of the 60s. It’s a story about – gasp! – sex that couldn’t be told in the 60s but otherwise looks exactly like a movie of the period. The costumes, hair and sets are all big and bold but the joke wears thin after a while.
The story – an investigative reporter seeks to bring down the author of a women’s empowerment book by making her fall in love with him – is what we would expect from 40 years ago, more or less. It’s a cute movie with a few laugh-out-loud moments, including a hilarious two minute monologue by Renee Zellweger, but not exactly a must-see.