'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'
(Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey / PG-13 / 100 mins / Paramount)
Overview: Based on the humor book How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: The Universal Don'ts of Dating, the story is about an advertising executive and legendary ladies' man (Matthew McConaughey) who bets his friends that he can stay in a relationship for more than 10 days. But the girl he chooses (Kate Hudson) wants to get rid of him just as quickly as he normally drops the gals.
EM Verdict: In these uncertain popular times, an old formula could be just what the doctor ordered. Such is the case in the new romantic comedy, 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' director David Petrie’s follow up to the 2000 'Miss Congeniality.' Starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, ‘How to Lose a Guy’ is a breath of fresh air in the “chick flick” genre - nothing too serious, just a sweet little love story.
The film begins with fluff journalist Andie Anderson (Hudson) who, in longing for more serious assignments at her womens magazine ‘Composure’, takes on the task of losing a guy in 10 days in order to write a first-person narrative that will give her the clout to pursue the more weighty issues for her column.
Andie, an adorable girl next door blonde, is on the hunt for her man lost, when she stumbles upon Benjamin Barry (McConaughey), an advertising creative with his own career excelling agenda... And a bet that she will fall in love with him in the same said number of days. Pushed together by their own eagerness in the career jungle, Ben and Andie find themselves sticking around in a situation that goes from bad to worse. While Andie does everything in her power to be the overly clingy girlfriend that would push any man to his commitment phobic brink, Ben tries his best to grit his teeth and ignore, turning on that McConnaughey magic with his devilish smirk. The pair seem doomed, yet however hard they try their true personalities peek out from behind the facades and true love triumphs after all... Of course not before there is ‘the man gets busted, loses girl, man tries in a desperate race to win girl back’ chase.
Although a typical film, how to lose a guy in 10 days seems like a feat that could most likely be achieved in 2 as much as Andie turns on the pink fufu decorating, 17 message leaving, tampon stashing in his medicine chest ‘man repellent’. Yet, through it all, women will be left to wonder if all of those taboos and rules that we try to salvage through in the dating world actually exist. Encompassing a truthful slice of the twenty-something career world meets dating world in the new millenium, 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' puts a charming down-to-earth spin on an old fashioned love story. It is a comforting and hopeful film that will leave women everywhere feeling a little bit better about themselves upon leaving the theatre. And that, my friend, is what makes this a clear winner for ladies everywhere to enjoy.
Reviewed by Gina Pasfield
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