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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days Movie Review (4/10)

Posted on May 12th, 2003 filed in Movie Reviews    |   

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Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) has a master’s degree in journalism and is longing to write about politics and imminent world issues but instead she is the “How to” girl at the ‘Composure’ women Magazine. Her latest assignment is to write an article on ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 days’, highlighting things that women must NOT do on dates.

Out at a party, Andie chooses her victim, Ben (Matthew McConaughey), a nice looking, sweet guy. Ironically, Ben, has an ulterior motive for dating Andie as well. In order to nail a huge diamond advertising campaign, his boss challenges him to make Andie fall in love with him in 10 days. So, while he is determined to make her fall in love with him at any cost, she is determined to have him dump her at all cost, all in 10 days, and sparks between them start flying….


Some of my friends found this movie absolutely hilarious, but I didn’t. I felt it had a sort of a condescending and false humor that may even be insulting at times. The entire relationship is based on lies and it just went too far. I understand going on one date to test a theory but really 10 days is saying that it is okay to play with people’s lives and emotions. Also, Andie’s behavior is unacceptable, the way she kept on pushing and putting her career ahead of her feelings, it’s awful. However, if we simply view this movie as satire representation of what goes wrong in relationships, you might get a few laughs out of it.

The casting really saves the movie. Kate Hudson is perfect for this role. She is young and cute and gives a lightness to the plot that would have been difficult to attain with any other actress. She is sweet despite her deceitful acts with Ben and that makes the audience like her. She plays in a comical exaggerated form every female stereotype, from nagging to crying, to being hysterical and neurotic…and at times it goes from funny to plain exasperating. Matthew McConaughey is a good match for Kate, just as energetic and handsome. He flaunts his body in too many scenes and plays the cool, smooth lover. But Andie is so manipulative that one tends to feel sympathy towards Ben.

This is a light, silly, romantic comedy with an agreeable cast that probably is not a good choice for a first date movie due to the wrong message it sends about what is right and what is not.

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