Down to You (2000)
Running Time: 91 minutes
Directed by: Kris Isacsson
Starring: Freddie Prinze Jr., Julia Stiles, Selma Blair, Shawn Hatosy
Down to You is a romantic comedy film that centers on sophomore, Alfred Connelly (Prinze Jr.) when he meets the girl of his dreams, a freshman, Imogen (Stiles). As they fall in love, and a false pregnancy alarm, Imogen begins to fear that she would lose her youth from being in a committed relationship, and this causes her to distance herself from Al. They then part their ways, and try to find their own destinies.
I thought the film would be cheesy, and in some way typical of the genre, to a certain extent this was true, to another degree, this movie had strayed itself from being a cliché. It had the elements of boy meets girl, love at first sight, the honeymoon phase, then something bad happens, and they broke up, and eventually everything will work out on its own. But you could definitely see how the writer tried to stay away from the typical storyline by adding on a few quirky characters, and a level of depth into the relationship. However, this in some ways backfired, because it just made the film feels draggy and pointless at times. Although there is a certain degree of chemistry between the lead actors, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Julia Stiles, but the acting from both parties wasn’t convincing enough to make the audiences buy the elation and misery the characters were going through.
Overall, if you’re up for the typical Freddie Prinze Jr. rom com, this isn’t exactly the best pick. Unless you really have nothing to watch on a Sunday afternoon with your gal pals, this could be one of the flicks, or else I would suggest to go for Freddie’s other rom coms or even J.Lo’s.
Rating: 4 out of 10