I’m going to start recapping some forgotten movies of yesteryear in some posts. You know the movies you saw in theaters or rented from Blockbuster once and totally forgot about? Let’s face it, there are a lot of movies that come out every year. They can’t always be memorable right? But you see, I kinda love this underrated Freddie Prinze Jr. movie called Down to You. My first celeb crush Freddie did a lot of romcoms during the late 90s, early 2000s. A lot of people forget this one ever existed.
Down to You paired Julia Stiles and Freddie Prinze Jr. together. I think the casting directors thought She’s All That + 10 Things I Hate About You = $$$$. Well, it didn’t work out like that. I still loved it and owned it on VHS and watched it over and over again (when my VHS tape of She’s All That was in the tape rewinder). Anyways, this college student named Al (Freddie) meets this freshman Imogen (Julia) and fall in love. Imogen gets freaked out by commitment (classic romcom plot device). There’s also a pregnancy scare, meddling friends and the temptation to cheat. They break up of course. Al is in despair and he almost commits suicide by drinking Imogen’s shampoo. It’s weird. But ultimately they decide it all comes down to you (cheesin’) and they get back together. The end scene is Freddie mouthing the words to a Barry White song. Need I say more?
Now you’re probably thinking that this is just some generic romcom, but the movie does have some really surprising gems. Did I mention that Freddie is an aspiring chef who wants to be like his dad who’s a celeb chef and is also played by the Fonze aka Harry Winkler? Yeah, that happened. Also, this movie has some porn star elements since Al’s friend is a porn star actor and director. Ashton Kutcher has a role as the wannabe Jim Morrison porn star dude who comes between the lovebirds. Selma Blair makes an appearance as a porn star too. Oh! And Rosario Dawson is in this movie as well. I mean, talk about some crazy casting. Jimmy Kimmel even makes a cameo in a scene where Al watches The Man Show (Jimmy’s old talk show). It’s a lot to take in, I know.
I wish I still had my old VHS copy and a VHS player because I would totally be watching this movie right now.