Movie Review : How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

April 22, 2003

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, is a sweet, romantic and hilarious slice of escapism. Not a movie for the serious-minded, it?s sure to delight all those incurable romantics out there – we still do exist in this cynical world don?t we? Andie Anderson (Hudson) is an up-and-coming young columnist for Composure magazine (think Cosmo or Cleo) who?s been assigned to write an article on how to lose a guy in 10 days. Her mission is to alienate Benjamin Barry, (McConaughey) which she does by perpetrating every dating atrocity known to womankind. He?s an ad exec aspiring to move on from marketing beer and nurf balls to sports-jocks in favor of a girl?s best friend ? diamonds! And the only way he’s going to get there is to win a bet with his boss by making a girl fall in love with him before the big pitch to the client, a diamond consortium, in 10 days.This romantic comedy succeeds because it makes it easy for us to see ourselves in the roles of the leading characters. How many women have sent a potential Mr. Right running for his manly life by calling too often, too soon? Come on admit it! Haven?t you kicked yourself afterwards for just being that bit too keen, too early on? And what guy wouldn’t want to identify with McConaughey (who, in case you were wondering, obligingly takes his shirt off for his the benefit of his adoring female audience, at least twice in the movie!).

The brilliant chemistry between Hudson and McConaughey really makes this film! McConaughey oozes Southern charm, and Hudson is adorable as the struggling journo working for the ?world?s fastest growing chick?s magazine?.

While the ending is very predictable (and somewhat marred by way too much soft focus in the final scenes), it?s hilarious to watch Hudson, as Andie Anderson, do everything we swear we will never do in relationships – yet somehow always ending up doing (and will probably do again!).

SheSaid advice: Take your best girlfriend to see this movie and be prepared to laugh out loud! Cheesy but brilliant fun. This year?s best romantic comedy by far.

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