So here’s what happened. Lucy was having a hellaciously bad day and went to bed early. I did my usual crash in late afternoon, wake up at midnight, and I’m working and at 3AM I get an e-mail from Lucy saying she can’t sleep, she’s too miserable. So I do my standard buck-up stuff in e-mail and when that doesn’t work I say, “Hey, how about a movie? We just watched Pillow Talk and Down with Love is the pastiche of that. It’s a terrible film but the art direction is amazing and if worse comes to worse, we’ll turn off the sound and talk while we look at the pretty pictures.” Lucy says, “I’ll make chocolate chip cookies,” and we meet in the kitchen at 3AM to eat warm cookies and watch this movie we’ve both seen once and hated. But hey it has David Hyde Pierce and cameos by Tony Randall, so not a complete loss, right?
Reader, we loved it.
After we’d stopped laughing, we looked at each other and said, “Podcast.” Because, Poppers, you need to know about this movie. The ratings are below with the impromptu podcast where we pinpoint the entirely STUPID plot move the writers made that kneecapped the movie, but basically, it was a lot of fun, we laughed out loud a lot, Ewan MacGregor definitely fell in love so we got a great hero with a romantic arc, Pierce and Sarah Paulson are hysterical, Pierce and MacGregor even funnier (they’re the Hudson and Randall of the 21st century), the costumes and sets are insane . . . it’s a really good time. Also Lucy went immediately to iTunes and downloaded the soundtrack, so the music is fabulous, too. She went upstairs to get my computer and came down to find me singing along with the credits, that’s how good it is. I NEVER sing along with anything on TV. But the movie just made me so happy because it was so smart/dumb . . .
WARNING: There are huge spoilers in this podcast. Don’t listen if you intend to watch the movie. But we’ll put up a poll for it in case you have the time to watch it. And you really should; it’s a good, good time. Also, we were giddy by the time we finished the podcast at 6AM and feeling very smug so there’s some unattractive gloating in there. Just telling you, we were obnoxious.
Story Analysis & Ratings:
Lucy says: 4.5 Pops ~ I’m not saying it’s not flawed, and yes… perhaps low expectations and a total lack of sleep fed into the incredible love I had for this movie this morning, but I think we’ve got a sleeper classic on our hands. Too much hyperbole? Lucy’s rating breakdown: Structure: 4, Comedy: 5, Romance: 4
Jenny says: 4.5 pops ~ Jenny’s rating breakdown: Structure: 4, Comedy: 5, Romance: 4
Blog Poll Rating: 3.6
Release Date: May 16, 2003 Tagline: The Ultimate Catch Has Met His Match. More info at IMDb.