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Up with Escapist Romance
written by underdog November 24, 2003 - 10:04 AM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Just the ticket for anyone seeking an escape, this silly but exuberant salute to/satire of 50's romantic comedies is good fun if you can suspend your disbelief (far enough to span a bridge across the gaps in the plot). The real star of this film is the look, the exuberant set design by Don Diers, who skillfully created a retro-postmodern 50's look, with every corner of every frame stuffed (sometimes overstuffed) with uncanny details and bright props. It really does capture the feel of movies like Pillow Talk, but adding a modern day sensibility, a wink. And just as in those older movies, the plot is acceptably predictable (except for a good twist here and there), with two strong-minded people hating each other at the beginning but by the end...

Zellweger and McGregor are entirely cute but not too cute, and seem to have a great time in their roles -- McGregor's accent slips in between Glasgow and Manhattan but when his character pretends to be Texan he nails it. And David Hyde Pierce is particularly perfect casting, channeling Tony Randall (who was in many of these movies in just this sort of role, and who has a cameo in Down With Love), by way of Niles Crane. There are times when the plot's mechanics seem in danger of tripping up the film, but it all rights itself by the end. A forgettable but frothy and bright delight.


(Average 6.26)
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