Down To You (2000)
Main cast: Freddie Prinze, Jr (Al Connelly), Julia Stiles (Imogen Connelly), Selma Blair (Cyrus), and Henry Winkler (Ray Connelly)
Director: Kris Isacsson

Poor Julia Stiles. She can act, she has great on-screen charisma. Now to ditch her bland one-expression male co-stars.

Down To You tries to be an indie-romantic comedy, only to end up even shallower than the much-derided mainstream chick-flicks, no thanks to the inability of Prinze to emote and a lot of too-obvious worship of the script on the beautiful main characters.

Imogen and Al are college students who fell in love and married after graduation. This they tell me, for the style is such that the main characters tell the story to the audience right towards the camera. But Al starts feeling insecure when Imogen starts doing everything better than he, and worse, she starts making demands that make his macho manly self feels castrated. His male friends sneer - Shall I call you Alice - so Al decides to put his foot down. Can we say Relationship on the rocks?

This story could have worked if the plot is tighter, and if Prize would just STOP SMIRKING AS IF HE'S IN SOME PRIVATE FARKING JOKE! But relationship development is scanty. Heck, I have no idea why Imogen, a stereotypically arty type who speaks mawkish arty sentiments that any arty-type would denounce, would want to date, much less sleep with, an insecure braindead man like Al. And Imogen and Al have friends right out of a bad Seinfield parody show - cartoony, not-at-all-funny, and function only to say stupid things that our not-too-bright Al follows blindly.

True, there are some charming moments, and Prize can be charming at times, but there is too much fluff. Sometimes, supposedly-indie directors should take note: romantic comedies only work if one add in a healthy dose of a most-unindie and unhip substance called human emotions. That's one serious ingredient missing in DTY, making it a failure as a romance.

Rating: 49

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