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Down to you

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A new comedy about giving first love a second chance.

Down to you is the romantic and comedic tale of Al Connelly (Freddie Prinze Junior) and Imogen (Julia Stiles), a young couple whose passionate romance takes them for a ride down the all-too-powerful path of first love.

Set against the chaotic and hilarious backdrop of university lifestyle in New York city, their story brings to light the ever-present conflict between true love and the temptation to wander astray from commitment. When mischievous friends enter the scene, Al and Imogen are confronted with obstacles that add to the highlights and pitfalls of their love affair. Ultimately, their journey allows them to face the future, with some unexpected results.

Also starring Shawn Hatosy as Eddie Hicks, Selma Blair as Cyrus, Zak Orth as Monk Jablonski, Ashton Kutcher as Jim Morrison, Rosario Dawson as Lana, Henry Winkler as Chef Ray, Lucie Arnaz as Judy Connelly, Lauren Germainn as a young woman, Zay Harding as a young man, Amanda Barfield as Faith Keenan, Chloe Hunter as Megan Brodski, Granger Green as Haley Heller and Jed Rhein as Gabe Stiano. Written and directed by Kris Isacsson.

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Theatrical report

A Freddie Prinze Junior romantic comedy.

The most notable thing about Down to you is that the two main characters are established in a Reality TV-style dialogue with the camera as well as being fictional entities whose lives exist at the whim of the scriptwriter. Because there is no warning when Al and Imogen will change from being "real" people to scripted people it is hard to take them seriously. Other romantic comedies have overcome this problem by clearly defining the "reality" segments with a formal interview but Kris decided to go with the undefined thing. It doesn't work.

Julia is cute, but not as cute as Freddie: after all, it's his movie. The comedy off-siders are comedic and actually more interesting than the rather bland, middle-class, white-bread leads.

The Jim Morrison running gag goes nowhere and because this flick was made in Hollywood you know that they're going to get back together, but if it's that time of the month you'll need a few tissues by the end. Down to you isn't a great romantic comedy but there have definitely been worse.

Security censorship classification

M (Low level coarse language)

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90 minutes (1:30 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

VHS rental: 12 December 2000

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