Down to You

USA 2000

Reviewed by jamie Graham


Our synopses give away the plot in full, including surprise twists.

New York City, the late 90s. Sophomore college student Al meets freshman Imogen at a bar. They begin a relationship. The honeymoon period is cut short by Imogen's annual family trip to France for the summer. After her return, the pair continue where they left off, but the chemistry has waned. Their sex life is now intermittent and both find themselves tempted by others. Imogen's fears are compounded by a false pregnancy scare. Attending a party with Al that night, the duo argue bitterly and go their separate ways. The next morning, Imogen calls for Al and confesses she cheated on him the night before. They split up, and Imogen moves to San Francisco while Al, after graduation, becomes a chef. Unable to get over Imogen, he swallows a bottle of her shampoo. Al recuperates and attends a party thrown by his parents. Imogen surprises him by turning up. The pair are reconciled and move west together.


Like Rob Reiner's The Story of Us and Stephen Frears' upcoming High Fidelity, both of which scrutinise the highs and lows of modern relationships, Down to You initially seems better than it actually is by pressing the right buttons. If The Story of Us looks at early fortysomethings and High Fidelity mid thirtysomethings, Down to You is the late-teen version, set amid college students living in a romantically photographed New York City. Hence the topic is not just love but first love, with all its extra freight of emotion and impact. The opening stages of the film are full of energy as Al and Imogen's relationship accelerates, with flashbacks, flashbacks-within-flashbacks, split screens, pop irises and straight-to-camera addresses lifting the proceedings.

Debut director Kris Isacsson, who comes to Down to You off a series of short films, is at pains to keep things snappy and imaginative, but his head of steam disperses when it's time to deal with the souring of his duo's relationship. He tries to bring a little enterprise to the inevitable scenes of bickering and moody silence, but by now the vitalising tactics seem out of place. One device is particularly misjudged as Al, having just had his sexual advances batted off by Imogen, switches on the television to see himself being mocked on an imaginary talk show for his wet personality. Considering Al is so square you could cut yourself on his corners, it only serves to reinforce the viewer's wonder as to just what Imogen sees in him in the first place. Certainly Julia Stiles' previous incarnation, the spiky Katarina in 10 Things I Hate about You, wouldn't have given him a second glance. Down to You is irreparably crippled, however, when Imogen moves to San Francisco. Becoming the filmic equivalent of a wailing Bon Jovi ballad, it leaves us to chew our fists as Al sits drunk and forlorn in his empty apartment, conversing with a spider. But not even that plumbs the embarrassing depths of a perplexing sub-plot in which Al's closest friend becomes the star of a string of pornographic epics.


Kris Isacsson
Jason Kliot
Joana Vicente
Kris Isacsson
Director of Photography
Robert Yeoman
Stephen A. Rotter
Production Designer
Kevin Thompson
Music/Music Conductor
Edmund Choi
©Miramax Film Corp.
Production Companies
Miramax International presents an Open City Films production
Executive Producers
Bobby Cohen
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
Jeremy Kramer
Trish Hofmann
Additional Line Producer
Additional NY Unit:
Andrew Fierberg
Associate Producer
Hugo Heppell
Production Co-ordinators
Sean Fogel
California Unit:
Page Rosenberg-Marvin
Nettie Heffner
Additional NY Unit:
David Bausch
Brian Bell
Production Managers
Additional NY Unit:
Anthony Katagas
Jamie Zerlermyer
Unit Production Managers
Stacy Plavoukos
California Unit:
Mitch Dauterive
Kari Shisler
Jamie Boscardin
Location Managers
Gayle Vangrofsky
California Unit:
Ellen Lent
Robert Mendel
Additional NY Unit:
Matthew Chilsen
Evan Perazzo
Jennifer Lane
Anjel Van Slyke
Evan T. Cohen
Assistant Directors
Dave Wechsler
Linda Perkins
Aida Rodgers
California Unit:
Julian Petrillo
Dave Wechsler
Gordon Boos
Rich Greenberg
Kitty Douglas
Kevin LeBlanc
Andrea Netze
Additional NY Unit:
Peter Thorell
Script Supervisors
Julie Oppenheimer
California Unit:
Monika von Manteuffel
Paula Frankel
Benita Brazier
Douglas Aibel
California Unit Directors:
Ed Mitchell
Robin Ray
California Unit Audience:
Chris Cabarossi
ADR Voice:
Sondra James
Directors of Photography
California Unit:
Tim Suhrstedt
Additional NY Unit:
Jim Denault
Tim Suhrstedt
Camera Operators
Jonathan Herron
Jamie Silverstein
California Unit:
Russ McElhatton
Vance Piper
Philip Carr-Forster
Steadicam Operator
California Unit:
Peter Jensen
Visual Effects
Balsmeyer & Everett, Inc
Special Effects Co-ordinator
Drew Jiritano
Sarah Frank
Associate Editor
David Frankel
Production Designer
California Unit:
Dina Lipton
Art Directors
California Unit:
Tracey Gallacher
Marc Dabe
Set Decorators
Ford Wheeler
California Unit:
Craig Copher
Suzette Sheets
Album Cover Art
Jane Grover
Costume Designers
Michael Clancy
California Unit:
April Ferry
Additional NY Unit, Additional:
Toni Fusco
Wardrobe Supervisors
Marcia Patten
Kevin Ritter
California Unit:
Christopher Lawrence
Nicki Lederman
California Unit, Key:
John Elliot
Beatrice De Alba
Key Hair
California Unit:
Yolanda Toussieng
Katherine Childers
'Al' Hair
Additional NY Unit:
John Elliot
Howard Anderson
The Effects House
Music Supervisor
Tracy McKnight
Music Editors
Chuck Martin
Segue Music
David Frankel
Dan DiPrima
"It All Comes Down to You" by Billie Myers; "I Must Have Done Something Right" by Formosa; "Young Americans" by David Bowie; "Groove Is in the Heart" by Dee Lite; "Ready for a Fall" by P.J. Olsson; "Junction City" by Big Lazy; "Is There Something on Your Mind" by The Drowners; "Free to Go" by Folk Implosion; "Black Balloon" by Goo Goo Dolls; "Stay" by Deanna Kirk; "Vagabond Angel" by Miranda Lee Richards; "Bad Boys" by Inner Circle; "The Garden of You and I" by Ginger Mackenzie; "Corazon salvaje" by Fernando Fernández; "Jalopy Style" by Citizen King; "Nervous Breakthrough" by Luscious Jackson; "Lullaby of Clubland" by Everything But The Girl; "Lady Shave" by Gus Gus; "Didn't Mean to Do You Harm" by Craig Wedren, Jimmy Harry; "Shine on Me" by The Velvet Crush; "Spun Out" by Psychic Rain; "You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You" by James Darren; "I Need Love" by Sam Phillips; "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green; "Can't Get Enough of Your Love" by Barry White; "When I Fall in Love"; "Battle Hymn of the Republic"; "Marching through Georgia"
California Unit Choreographer
Lance MacDonald
Sound Mixers
Gary Alper
John Hirst
California Unit:
Mark McNabb
Additional Re-recording
Dominick Tavella
Tom Fleischman
Supervising Sound Editor
Eliza Paley
Sound Editors
William Sweeney
Warren Shaw
Jac Rubenstein
John Werner
Glenfield Payne
Supervising Dialogue Editor
Jeffrey Stern
ADR Editors
Jane McCulley
Kenton Jakub
Food Stylist
California Unit:
Jojo Joyce
Stunt Co-ordinator
Douglas Crosby
Animal Handler
Dawn Animal Agency Animal Wranglers
California Unit:
Boone's Animals For Hollywood
Boone Narr
Helicopter Pilot
Al Cerullo
Freddie Prinze Jr
Al Connelly
Julia Stiles
Selma Blair
Shawn Hatosy
Eddie Hicks
Zak Orth
Monk Jablonski
Ashton Kutcher
Jim Morrison
Rosario Dawson
Lucie Arnaz
Judy Connelly
Henry Winkler
Chef Ray
Lauren German
lovestruck woman
Zay Harding
lovestruck man
Amanda Barfield
Faith Keenan
Chloe Hunter
Megan Brodski
Granger Green
Haley Heller
Jed Rhein
Gabe Stiano
Joseff Stevenson
Ted McGurran
Elizabeth Levin
Carbs girl
Lola Glaudini
Robin Nance
daddy's girl
Mary Wigmore
Pearly Whites
Caroline Ambrose
kissing babe - woman
Adam Carolla
Jimmy Kimmel
'The Man Show' hosts
Jason Bailey
angry audience member
Jennifer Albano
Chris Desmond
man with Emma
Susan J. Blommaert
Julian Caiazzo
young Al, 5 years
Jerry Carreccio
young Al, 12 years
Chloe Beardman
young Imogen, 11 years
Frank Wood
Joanna P. Adler
piercing woman
Mimi Langeland
leather woman
Elizabeth Page
stage manager
Mark Blum
the interviewer
David Logan
suburban husband
Joanna Myers
suburban wife
Richard Galella
Michael J. Conti
SWAT team
Film Four Distributors
8,295 feet
92 minutes 10 seconds
Dolby Digital/DTS/SDDS
In Colour
Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011