US Release Date: 02-07-2003
Directed by: Donald Petrie
- Kate Hudson, as
- Matthew McConaughey, as
- Robert Klein, as
- Phillip Warren
- Bebe Neuwirth, as
- Lana Jong
- Kathryn Hahn as
Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.
Benjamin (Matthew McConaughey), is an advertising executive who bets he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Andie (Kate Hudson) writes a "How To" column for a chick magazine called "Composure" and decides to write an article on "How to Lose a Guy in 10 days." They meet that night and the games begin. As long as you can buy into this completely unrealistic set up, you are in for a delightful movie.
McConaughey is at his most charming. He is a ladies man with all the movie "guy" stereotypes. He has poker night with the boys. He loves sports. He rides a motorcycle. Hudson is like wise a movie stereotype. The ever pleasant, fun loving, well adjusted, maintenance free, career minded single girl who also likes sports. Do girls like this really exist?
This is a battle of the sexes. Andie goes through the motion of doing all the things that bug men. She calls all the time. She interrupts poker night. She pretends to be emotionally unstable. She tricks him into going to a Celine Dion concert. She should have choose Barbra Streisand. That would have done it for sure.
Benji, as Andie calls him in front of his friends, is forced to put up with all this crap so he can win his bet. Of course the more he puts up with it the more she pours it on. There ever interesting shenanigans make for humorous viewing. In one scene Andie makes like she wants to have sex with Benjamin then breaks the mood by calling his "member" princess Sophia.
McConaughey and Hudson are good chemistry together. He royally sucked in Reign Of Fire, but is very good here. Hudson is delightful, but In several scenes I kept being distracted by how much she looks like her mother.
Photos © Copyright Paramount Pictures (2003)