How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (DVD)

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How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (DVD)

Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) decides to spice up her How-To column in Composure Magazine by venturing out into the Manhattan singles market to see if ...

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published 03/05/2004 | Emmzi99
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Pro Sweet, light-hearted comedy
Cons Very predictable
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"How to lose a guy in 10 days"

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How to lose a guy in 10 days follows the shinnaigans of Andie Aderson (Kate Hudson) & Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey) two career minded people working in New York. Andie is the 'how to' girl for 'Composure' magazine, whilst Ben is an advertising executive who is trying to win a big deal with a diamond company. Inspiration for Andie's next article, (which she hopes will make her coloumn a 'must read' so her boss will let her write about more substantial topics) comes from her unlucky in love friend and fellow collegue, Michelle Rubin (Kathryn Hahn). Andie insists that Michelle is more than just plain unlucky and sets about writing the article 'How to Lose a guy in 10 days' using all the classic mistakes women make in relationships - including naming his member princess sofia and super-imposing their faces together to see what their children will look like! It just so happens that within the bar that Andie and her friends go on the prowl for the giunea pig for their experiment, Benjamin is having a business meeting with the representatives from the diamond company. Trying to convince them that he knows how women work - and so can sell them diamonds - he is given the challenge of making a girl fall head over heels in love with him in - yep - 10 days, with Andie chosen as the subject.

This leads to a lot of pretty funny dates. with Andie doing everything to try and 'lose the guy' and Benjamin trying to win her over. As the time starts ticking, and each character gets desperate to complete their task before the 10 days is up, they resort to rather extreme tactics, including dragging Ben along to a Celiene Dion concert umder the pretence of a basketball game and couples therapy after dating a week. One of my favourite scenes has to be when Ben has spent ages cooking a roast lamb dish for her. He lays it all out on the table infront of her when Andie starts sobbing, saying 'I wish I ate meat' before singing 'Mary had a little lamb'- it's just the look on both their faces.

Needless to say, it doesn't take much to work out how the story ends, but there are a few speedbumps along the way - including a rather cringe worthy rendition of 'Your so vain'.

This is more of a chick flick than a man's film. The comedy comes from the romance and the sex scenes are suggestive - but I'm sure there are quite a few men out there who will prove me wrong. I suppose the humour of Andie's 'classic mistakes' can be appriciated by both sexes, or at least men can sympathise with Benjamin when he opens his bathroom cabinet to find it packed with feminine products. The film is really a typical rom-com, but it is somewhat cleverer than most and both Hudson and McConaughey bring the plot to life with their enthusiam and vitality. Never the less, its still pretty unmmemorable, with the main thing sticking in my mind being how nice Andie's dress is at the Diamond ball (and so I bought one very similar for my leavers ball). Although being so forgettable can sometimes work it its favour, as it means you can watch it again and still be pleasantly surprised by its superior position over similar romcoms. Anyway, this is definately a good one for a girly night in or if you've got time to kill but you wouldn't really be missing out on too much if you don't catch it.

Directed by:Donald Petrie (Miss Congeniality, Richie Rich)

Kate Hudson .... Andie Anderson
Matthew McConaughey .... Benjamin 'Ben' Barry
Kathryn Hahn .... Michelle Rubin
Annie Parisse .... Jeannie Ashcroft
Adam Goldberg .... Tony
Thomas Lennon .... Thayer
Michael Michele .... Judy Spears
Shalom Harlow .... Judy Green
Robert Klein .... Phillip Warren
Bebe Neuwirth .... Lana Jong
Samantha Quan .... Lori
Justin Peroff .... Mike
Celia Weston .... Glenda
James Murtaugh .... Jack
Archie MacGregor .... Uncle Arnold

Rated: 12A
Duration: 116 mins

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  • eve6kicksass published 30/05/2004
    Welcome back Emma...excellent review here, though I really didn't like this film; for a romantic comedy, I thought it was standard, predicatable and forgettable. Chris xxx
  • damncoldnightdotnet published 04/05/2004
    Great review! I absolutely adore this movie, have done an op on it myself! :) Love Jai. xxx.
  • MAFARRIMOND published 04/05/2004
    Good review. I'm not sure I would enjoy it though. Maureen
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Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) decides to spice up her How-To column in Composure Magazine by venturing out into the Manhattan singles market to see if she can make a guy fall for her, and then get him to dump her within 10 days. Simultaneously, advertising executive Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey) makes a bet with his boss that he can meet a woman and have her fall in love with him within 10 days. Naturally the two of them come together, and, oblivious to each other's wagers, they quickly bond. But when Andie turns off her charms and turns on the dumping tactics, Benjamin must do all he can not to be repulsed by her so that he can win his side of the bet. With Andie unable to comprehend why she can't rid herself of her guy, and with Benjamin frustrated at Andie's peculiar behavior, the two of them begin down the inexorable path toward genuine romance.<BR>This charming romantic comedy, based on the book HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS: THE UNIVERSAL DON'TS OF DATING by Michele Alexander and Jeanie Long, features plenty of on-screen chemistry between Hudson and McConaughey. For Hudson, her role in HOW TO LOSE A GUY is vaguely reminiscent of characters played by her mom, Goldie Hawn.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD


Release date: 06/10/2003

No of Discs: 1

Catalogue No: PHE 8311, PRD 8311

Director of Photography: John Bailey

Executive Producer: Lynda Obst, Richard Vane

Featured: Robert Evans

Producer: Lynda Obst, Robert Evans, Christine Peters, Richard Vane

Author: Robert Evans, Michele Alexander, Jeannie Long

Barcode: 5014437831132, 5014437831149

Screenwriter: Kristen Buckley, Brian Regan

Music: Dana Millman-Dufine


Main Language: English

Dubbed Language: Czech, Hungarian

Subtitle Language: Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish

Hearing Impaired Language: English

Technical Information

Special Features: Commentary By The Director Donald Petrie, Mapping Out The Perfect Movie, Deleted Scenes With Directors Commentary, Mapping Out The Perfect Location

Aspect Ratio: 1.78 Anamorphic Wide Screen

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1

Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital 5.1

Professional Reviews

Review: "...The two stars, Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, have a prickly, hot-and-cold chemistry..." (New York Times, p.E19, 07/02/2003)<br><br>"...There are some well observed moments in HOW TO LOSE A GUY....There's also some nicely understated satire about magazine publishing and digs at the shallowness of celebrity journalism....The supporting cast is strong..." (Sight and Sound, p.50, 01/05/2003)<br><br>"...Hudson is charming and her comic timing is dead-on..." (USA Today, p.13D, 07/02/2003)<br><br>


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