How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days has to be the most contrived romantic comedy of all time. The premise is incredibly stupid and thin. Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are both charming, but they’ve also been in better rom-coms that are a) actually funny, and b) less insulting to both genders.

The basic story is this: Andie (Hudson) writes “how to” articles for a women’s magazine. Inspired by a friend, Andie pitches the titular article, vowing to meet and lose a guy in 10 days using all the common mistakes that women make in relationships (coming on too strong, moving in too fast, infringing on time with his friends, etc.). Meanwhile, advertising exec Ben (McConaughey) is challenged by his coworkers to make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days to prove that he knows enough about the emotion to be the lead in an upcoming pitch to sell diamonds.

Honestly, the Andie half of the story seems marginally plausible. She works for a magazine that is clearly meant to be Cosmo, and if you’ve skimmed any of their covers recently you’d see that half the articles sound nearly as ridiculous as this fictional one. I wouldn’t be surprised if an article similar to this actually existed. It’s the Ben side that seems incredibly forced. I don’t see how making an unwitting woman fall in love with you for a bet proves that you’d be suited to selling diamonds. It actually proves that you and your coworkers are all jerks, but then I’ve watched Mad Men; they probably are all jerks.

The talents of Hudson and McConaughey do make this movie somewhat palatable. But as I previously stated, they’ve both been in better. I’d pick Bride Wars for Hudson and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past for McConaughey. This seems way beneath the both of them.

Rating: D

This film just oozes charisma. The two leads, Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, are so charming and have such amazing chemistry with each other. A lot of people can’t stand Kate Hudson, but I have always found her to be cute and funny, just like her mother (Goldie Hawn, for those just catching up), and where do you start with McConaughey. The man is so charming and attractive, alright alright alright!

This amusing romantic comedy begins with reporter Andie (Hudson) wanting to graduate from her unfulfilling job at a glossy ladies magazine and write some hard hitting journalism for a change. She decides to write a piece on all the mistakes women make when first dating a new guy. She will find a guy, make all the mistakes and document his reaction to them. On the other side of the playing field is Ben (McConaughey), a marketing guy trying to win a new jewellery store client. He must show his boss he can make a woman fall in love with him in ten days. These two obviously find each other, or else we would have no movie. Ben is trying to make her fall in love with him, while she is doing everything in her power to drive him crazy for her article.

The premise for this film is thin at best, but Hudson and McConaughey are so likeable and charming that you go with it. The film works because these two are so good together. It is a fun romantic comedy that is one of the better films each of these actors have made.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a decent comedy that takes an unlikely premise and let’s its two charming leads shine on screen with their awesome chemistry and above average comedic timing.

Rating: B-

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