“ Genre: Romance / Theatrical Release: 2003 / Director: Donald Petrie / Actors: Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey ... / DVD released 06 October, 2003 at Paramount Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen „
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Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey star in this upbeat romcom. Andie Anderson (Hudson) works for Composure magazine and writes a popular series entitled How To .... Her latest assignment is to write a feature on how to lose a guy in 10 days. Benjamin Barry (McConaughey) is an advertising executive and in order to win a big account he has to get a girl to fall in love with him within 10 days. You can probably already guess what happens, but in a packed bar the two of them, with a little bit of help from a couple of Ben''s work colleagues, who just happen to know that Andie is writing a feature on how to lose a guy, choose each other. This is when I think the film really comes to life. Andie does everything she can to win Ben''s love and then does her best to lose it including being overly possessive and sensitive, putting ?girly'' ornaments such as teddies and pink fluffy towels all around his house, ruining his poker game, making a photograph album of what their future children would look like and taking him to watch a Celine Dion concert when she had told him they were going to watch his favourite sport, basketball. Of course, however much Andie''s devious plans annoy Ben, he just puts up with them as he wants to win his bet and therefore the advertising campaign just as much as Andie wants to write her column. As a result the plans Andie makes to try and lose Ben just get more and more silly. The fact that neither Andie nor Ben is aware of the other person''s motive is what makes the movie so funny. As the film progresses Andie is invited to meet Ben''s family on Staten Island and during this special time together she realises that her feelings towards him are actually starting to change and rather than trying to lose Ben she now wants the exact opposite. The question is, is it too late to do anything about it in terms of Ben''s attitude towards her and the fact that she still has a column deadline to meet? Can her boss be persuaded to drop the article? Although, Kate and Matthew have starred in several films together, I believe this is the first of those films. The chemistry between Kate and Matthew is excellent which may be why they were paired together in later films. There is some brilliant acting and they really play off each other which produce some great moments in the film. The film is light hearted and the plot is very easy to follow which makes it a great film to watch at the end of a long tiring day. It is certainly one that I could watch over and over again.
Kate Hudson and matthew McConaughey star in this predictable romantic comedy (and I use this term loosely) about a cocky advertising agent, Ben, who brags to his colleagues that he can have any girl that he wants. They bet he can't but if he does then his prize is he can pitch a big advertising deal. The catch? They pick the girl. He cannot believe his luck when they pick they funny, beautiful, charming and confident, Andie. His ideal woman.
Unbeknownst to him she has an agenda of her own. She is the writer of the successful column 'How to...'. Her latest column is about the mistakes woman make when dating a man. She has to meet a guy, and get him to break up with her. Andie puts Ben through hell, she gets him beaten up at a movie, shows up on his boys night in and humiliates him, buys him a dog and redecorates his apartment after just a few dates. Not realising about his bet, she just cannot understand why he won't break up with her. They reach a stalemate - who will break first?
At a weekend reunion at his parents house, they realise they are in love with each other but then the truth comes out and threatens to ruin their relationship forever. This is the stroy of 2 people meant to be together even if they don't know it.
This isn't a terrible film, its just very predictable and not very funny.
It is really disappointing because the cast are so much better than the script.
I don't know where this film came from and don't recall the first time I saw it. I have it on DVD but have no recollection of buying it so I'm assuming I borrowed it and it became part of my collection (oops).
The main star of the film is Kate Hudson who plays a successful magazine columnist. She write a how-to column and her next venture becomes how-to lose a guy in ten days. It's to highlight all the mistakes a girl makes in a relationship I.e being too needy. Simply writing about it isn't enough so Andy sets out to find a man to test the theory. She has to drive him away in a week by displaying common behaviours that dating women do. The gentleman of choice is Matthew McConaughey who plays Ben Barry. Little does she know he's on his own mission through work to make a woman fall in love with him in a week. So with conflicting targets, how will it pan out?
I'm not a huge fan of Kate Hudson and have found her to be a bit devious looking. I think it's her eyes. That said, you can't deny she's a good actress and fits well into every part I've seen her in. Matthew McConaughey is really likeable though I don't see the big attraction with him. He really reminds me of Christian bale with curly hair. Again, he has a sweetness about him and can also act very well so the duo make for good watching on the screen.
The storyline is like that of a lot of rom coms, predictable and quite sweet. It's not thrilling, won't have you hanging on the edge of your seat and isn't the most funny film you'll see but it is a good watch. I'm a horror fan myself so only watch these types of films of an evening on my own if there's nothing else on. I like the idea of this storyline but I found it a bit too put together. Like "what's the chance of that happening?" which I don't really like. Aside from that I think the storyline is good and quite fun.
There are some really cringeworthy moments in the film which I guess is the idea of her making mistakes on purpose. Some bits had me laughing and I thought some bits of the film were quite sweet. Matthew is very convincing when he looks all adoring on screen.
There's not a lot of other characters in focus in the film. You see his and her colleaugues, bosses and a bit of family and that's about it. I found her two friends a little irritating but they're not featured in the film very much at all.
I have to admit although I'm not the biggest fan of this film, I have watched it a few times. It's quite a nice fun, lighthearted storyline which allows you to relax and enjoy it. I wouldn't really recommend it as I just think it's far too predictable. Good actors, good storyline but you know what's going to happen before you watch it. It's a ten year old film so you can probably get it on eBay for a couple of pound if you do fancy it though.
How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days stars Kate Hudson as Andie Anderson who is working for a fashion magazine in New York who writes a How to column. Matthew McConaughey stars as Benjamin Barry who works for an advertising agency. The two meet whilst on work assignments but they both just think they are meeting as single people looking for fun. Andie is using Ben in her How to column and wants to drive him away using classic techniques such as being clingy, crying, not letting him watch the basketball game, transforming his apartment with girly things and making pictures of what their kids would look like. Ben though is trying to make Andie fall head over heels in love with him as part of a bet in order that he can win the chance to be head of an advertising campaign. Andie tries her best to drive Ben away but because of the bet Ben has to put up with everything Andie throws at him.
This film is so funny and I think it is fun for both men and women to watch as both will relate to the things that happen in it. It is a very realistic film and really does show what its like from both a man and woman's point of view when they start out in a relationship.
Both Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are excellent in their roles are are very believable. They are also great at delivering the comedy lines which makes this film so funny. It will definately have you laughing out loud.
The story flows really well and is never boring. It is very easy follow so is nice and relaxing and easy to watch without having to concentrate too hard.
It is an absolutely fantastic film with a great romantic story but it is very original and different. I would 100% recommend this film.
I never saw the trailer for this film, I came across it on the plane when I was going on holiday in 2003. Out of all the films that were available, How to lose a guy in 10 days, caught my attention straight away. The main stars in How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days are Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey.
Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) is a journalist who works for Composure magazine , she longs to write about more 'serious' issues which have more substance. Her boss assigns her to a project, where she must date a guy and make him fall for her. She must then make all the common mistakes that will then scare him off, all within ten days. Andie is not happy but her boss then say that she will have free reign of the project as long as she delivers. On a night out with colleagues (and friends) Jeannie and Michelle (who is unlucky in love and does all the wrong things that frighten men off) she picks her 'victim' who unbeknown to her, is Ben Barry (Matthew McConaughey) an advertising executive who bets that he can find a woman and make her fall in love with him in (guess what) ten days. If Ben wins his bet he gets to take over the advertising for the new diamond company account. So whilst Andie is trying to everything she possible to lose Ben - including becoming an emotional wreck, Ben is trying to be the perfect boyfriend.
As a couple Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey characters worked well together, and can't imagine any other actors who would have played their roles better. The part of Andie was initially given to Gwyneth Paltrow who later pulled out, and then given Kate Hudson. I think that was a wise choice as Gwyneth would not have suited the character and chemistry between the two main characters would not have worked. Unlike the onscreen chemistry between Kate and Matthew which helped to make the film the success that it was. There is a lot of humour from the two main characters (especially Andie) and Kate Hudson shows off her 'singing abilities' with her rendition of You're So Vain' by Carly Simon
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a romcom which is based on the book (of the same name) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days: The Universal Don'ts of Dating by Michele Alexander and Jeanie Long,
The special features on the DVD are:
Commentary by director Donald Petrie
Mapping out the perfect movie
Deleted scenes with Director's Commentary
Mapping out the perfect location
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a 12 certificate (it does contain swearing) and is approximately 111 minutes long.
Amazon are selling How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days for only £2.99.
Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) Is a journalist who works for the woman's magazine composure, she has a regular column in the magazine which is about how to do things. Although she is writing for a well known magazine she wants to write about more serious topics like politics, but hasn't proven herself and been given the chance to freely write yet.
Benjamin Barry (Matthew McConaughey) Works in advertising he has the bachelor playboy lifestyle, he has managed to attract the interest of a diamond supplier to his company and wants to head the advertising campaign himself.
One morning Andie's friend Michelle (Kathryn Hahn) is upset because she has been dumped, she gets her out of bed and drags her to work so they can attend a staff meeting. During this meeting their boss wants someone to write a story about Michelle's relationship experiences, so save her embarrassment Andie offers to write a how to story about this topic. How to lose a guy in ten days, the dos and don'ts of dating and the story of her driving a man away.
When Ben hears that the girls in his office have a meeting about fronting the diamonds account he is not happy and decides to crash the meeting. After talking with his boss and the girls he remarks that selling diamonds is like making a woman fall in love. After this his boss tells him that he can have the account if he can make someone fall in love with him by the party for the diamond account.
Andie is on the hunt for her man and when she is spotted by the women that are with Ben they decide that she is the one that he has to make fall in love with him. They already know about Andies article and realise that this might be the way for them to get their hands on the diamond account. This is where the fun begins!
I did actually really enjoy this film, I know that I do watch a lot of romantic comedies and girly films and realise that they are actually bad but this one I felt I really enjoyed and I felt it had a lot more substance to it than most films of this genre.
The whole idea of Andie and Bens relationship is a great idea for a story, I found the whole idea and some of the situations that they get into hilarious and the fact that they didn't know about the other it felt that sometimes there were three sides to their relationship, one for each of their agendas and one for their actual relationship.
I really liked that to me it felt that both the characters had chemistry, it felt as though they were actually close and that their attraction to each other was believable. One of the characters that I especially loved was Michelle, especially when she turned councillor for Andie which was one of my favourite scenes.
I think that Kate Hudson looks amazing in this movie especially near the end of the film when she is at the ball for the diamond account is the backless yellow dress. One of the things that I like is the amount of diamonds that they used for this film. They were all real, I know that they did make a copy of the diamond that Hudson wore in the film, but I think that was for insurance purposes and was destroyed after making the film.
Mathew McConaughey is Ben, a successful ad agency batchelor who is desperate to get a contract in his firm but must prove he can have a relationship with a woman for more than two weeks for his boss to allow him to take the job on.
Hate Hudson is Andie, a magazine columnist that writes articles about how to do things, but who is qualified for more and has dreams of being a serious writer. One day she is given the chance to take on more serious stories by her boss but first she must complete one last story, how to lose a guy in ten days, and she has to experience it herself.
Cue, Ben meets Andie and thinks she is a keeper for two weeks, cue, Andie meets Ben and thinks he would be great to torment for ten days and base her story on.
Unfortunately for Andie, no matter what she does to Ben he just takes it, and for Ben no matter what he does to please Andie, she just throws it back.
As time moves on and they both irritate the hell out of each other, they also seem to find themselves falling for each other and making what both of them have to do something they wish they had never started.
When I first saw this advertised I knew I would like it. The two actors are people that I like to see in films and the humour was something that really appealled to me, but what really got me after I watched it was that I really got sucked into the whole falling in love part.
The humour is constant and the jokes are brilliant but in amongst all that there is a brilliant love story that makes you really feel for the characters when you begin to learn more about them, especially Ben.
McConaughey and Hudson seem to have a real chemistry between them that really comes across well in this story. If you didn't know any better you would think that they were together in real life.
I found the whole idea of the story something really well thought out and the acting talent made it all come together perfectly. It had humour, love, drama and then throw in a bit more love and humour. A perfect recipe for a good romcom.
I would certainly recommend this film, it is one of my favourites. I paid £5.99 for this from Tesco. It runs for 1 hour and 51 mins and is rated a 12.
There are some special features but nothing outstanding.
I am not usually a fan of romantic comedies.
However, while at the cinema waiting for another film to start, the trailer for "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days" came on and did its job beautifully, making me want to go see it.
My first attempt was unsuccessful: I had gone to the cinema with a boyfriend, and when he realised what film I wanted us to watch he point blank refused to see it, thinking it was some kind of hint or that it would give me ideas.
We ended up watching "Bruce Almighty" instead.
I finally got around to watching it years later, when my mother bought it for about £1 from a supermarket.
Released in 2003 "How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days" was directed by Donald Petrie and based on Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long's spoof cartoon book by the same name.
The film tells the story of Andie (played by Kate Hudson), who is a journalist at New York-based magazine Composure, a Cosmopolitan-esque publication. She writes a regular feature of "How to..." do various things, but finds the trivial nature of her usual topics rather dull.
Inspired by her colleague Michelle's relationship problems, she pitches her boss the idea of writing an article about being able to drive away a new boyfriend in 10 days.
Elsewhere in Manhattan, advertising executive Ben (Matthew McConaughey) is competing with fellow ad women Judy Green and Judy Spears (Shalom Harlow and Michael Michelle) for a lucrative diamond jewellery account.
To convince his boss, he tells him that he is ideal for the job because he can get any woman to fall in love with him in 10 days.
The warped logic of that reasoning aside, when the staff of the magazine and the advertising agency meet at a party, the two Judys dare Ben to seduce Andie to prove his point.
Both Andie and Ben are unaware of the other's agenda, and from then on a series of situations unfolds where Ben tries to pull off textbook gallantry, and Andie will go along with it for a while until she screeches to a halt and does something so unreasonable and annoying that severely tests Ben's determination to win his bet.
The reasons I had wanted to see this film when it first came out, were that I thought it was a premise with good comedic potential, and I am always hopeful that the stories will do justice to the concept.
Such a set up of deception and emotional manipulation in real life would be despicably cruel, but in the safe environment of a romantic comedy I could allow myself to enjoy the resulting shenanigans with a clear conscience that in the end everything would turn out well and no one's feelings would be hurt.
Moreover, I had somehow got the impression from Kate Hudson's flirty persona that she would have a natural aptitude for playing romcom leading ladies.
As it turns out, the film is unsatisfying, although still enjoyable at times.
The story's gags are hit and miss, with emphasis on the misses: many of the situations are either not very funny to begin with, or stretch the imagination with Andie's ridiculously flakey and puerile behaviour.
This is annoying because it means that the scenes get dangerously close to the limits of viewers' suspended disbelief, as well as because her actions are supposedly based on a list of typical women's relationship faux pas: self-involvement, clinginess, insecurity, meddling, over emotionality and unreasonableness.
Now, I am sure there are women out there who really are unreasonable, childish, controlling and hysterical, but it just seems that the film is taking these characteristics to be behaviours that a lot, if not most, women display in their relationships with men. which seems a ridiculous and facile generalisation.
Even taken with a considerable pinch of salt, and allowing exaggeration for comic effect, Andie still comes across as psychologically imbalanced, and each one of her behaviours would send most sane men running for the hills.
So in effect, it is like watching suave Ben desperately trying to appease a mentally ill person, rather than trying to win over a "difficult" woman.
For this reason, McConaughey's character manages to become the more sympathetic of the two, despite the abhorrent fact that Ben is actually trying to make a woman fall in love with him, only to eventually disappoint her once his bet is won.
Both actors play their parts adequately but, surprisingly, there seems to be a lack of chemistry between the two. The surprise comes from the fact that Hudson and McConaughey are (or were, at the time) supposedly friends in real life, yet there's very little warmth between the two of them, which makes it hard, as a viewer, to care about the progress of their characters' relationship and their feelings for each other.
On a positive note, some of the film's set pieces are successes: I enjoyed their trip to a "relationship counselor" (a disguised Michelle, who inspired Andie to do the assignement), while my mother liked the bathroom cabinet scene (incidentally, it's probably one of the more realistic parts of the film).
My favourite part of all was their trip to Madison Square Garden (an arena that hosts sporting events and music concerts): Ben believes they are going to attend a sports game, and the horror on his face when he realises what kind of event they are actually there for is priceless.
All in all, it is an average romantic comedy, in which the both the romance and the comedy aspects of it are underwhelming.
Had this been a film I disliked, it would have been easy to title this review "How To Lose Interest in 10 Scenes", "How Not To Make A Romantic Comedy" or some other pun of the same nature.
But I don't actually dislike it, although it is definitely a "pass the time" film, rather than a reference in the genre.
When I saw the adverts for this movie I thought I'd watch it as it's quite an original idea for a romantic comedy and although Matthew McConaughey has been in so many of these types of movies this is probably one of his better ones. In this particular film he stars alongside Kate Hudson who is Goldie Hawn's daughter.
In the movie How to Lose a guy in 10 days the story revolves around Andie Anderson played by Kate Hudson. She is a successful magazine writer for the magazine called Composure. She writes a regular column about how to do things and were usually very light hearted. She was always after doing more serious stories, however her editor Lana Long wouldn't let her. She comes up with a brand new idea for an article which is about what women do wrong in relationships and what causes them to end so quickly. In order to do research work for this idea she will meet a guy, date him and then attempt to get him to dump her within ten days by her actions.
On the reverse side we have Ben Berry played by McConaughey who works for an advertising company and is trying to land a new account. Two of the women in his company are also vying for this position and don't thing that Ben could do the job as it's related to diamonds. So they come up with a wager. Their bet is that Ben has to make a woman fall in love with him within 10 days. They pick Andie and so the fun begins and the story is set. Unknown to either of them, they both have completely different and opposite agendas. While she is trying to get him to dump her within 10 days, he is trying to make her fall in love with him within the same timeframe. Should make for a good movie and it does in my opinion and is pretty funny.
Initially Andie and Ben hit it off, obviously still unaware of each other's hidden agenda. However, this situation is like two high speed trains hurtling towards each other and sooner or later there will be a crash as they both collide.
I really enjoyed How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. It is definately one of the better romantic comedies out there and Hudson and McConaughey are both good in their respective roles and work very well together. The whole idea sets up some very funny moments in the movie that you will love. Matthew McConaughey has plenty of experience in this type of movie so should be good at it by now.
I would recommend this movie as the plot is simple enough not to think about so you can sit back and relax and just enjoy the fun that comes your way.
How to lose a guy in ten days. .
Starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey.
Andy Anderson works for a magazine on a How to column. How to lose weight, how to buy the perfect shoes etc. . She then decides to do a How to lose a guy in ten days, inspired by her friend, she makes all the mistakes girls make with guys. Being clingy, needy, talking in baby voices and even naming his member. She has to pick a guy out of a bar her and her friends go to and she is picked by and picks Benjamin Barry. She doesn't know that Benjamin is playing a game of his own. He is an advertiser and is trying to get a sales pitch selling diamonds. His boss says that if he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days, he has it. And of course, he ends up with Andy. So they're practically head to head, she is going to try and drive him mad and he's going to make her fall in love with him, what will happen?
It's a really unlikely story, I can't imagine your boss saying, "Go out and pick a randomer to make fall in love with you." And even in the situation they were in, it's so unlikely that they'd end up choosing one another considering the circumstances, it is a bit cheesy. I like the idea but think that they could have gone another way about getting the characters together.
The acting in the film is great, Matthew isn't only a nice face, he's talented too and the same for Kate Hudson. I was a fan of her Mum, Goldie Hawn, and you can see her in Kate sometimes in the film which is nice.
Similarly to most films, you have the annoying best friend which is Michelle played by Kathryn Hahn. She plays Andy's rather pathetic friend in the film and I find her really irritating, she just says the stupidest things and I find her annoying really.
It's a good film although it is really predictable. There are some really funny parts in the film like when they are the playing the card game and at the poker game as well. I don't want to give too much away about it incase you haven't seen it already.
Overall, I think this is an OK film, it's a bit predictable and isn't the best of plots, but it's watchable and I've got it on DVD. If it sounds like the kind of film you'd normally go for, then give it a try, you might like it.
The girlfriend from hell?
How to lose a guy in 10 days is a cute romantic comedy staring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. It came out on 2003. It is a bit of a far fetched story but plays on dating stereotypes between men and women but is funny none the less and does make you laugh at things that have probably happened to you in your dating history.
Kate Hudson plays a journalist Andie who works for a magazine. She begins writing an article called "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" and tells her boss that, to write more freely and creatively, she will date a man and do all the wrong things women tend to do in relationships, and record her experiences for the article.
Matthew McConaughey plays a rather suave, sexy advertising executive called Ben. He tells his boss that he can make any woman fall in love with him in just ten days and to be honest I think he is definitely telling the truth, if I met him in real life I think it would only take me a couple of days, ha ha!! To prove it, he will find a woman and bring her to the upcoming company ball as his date. If he succeeds, he gets to be in charge of the advertising for the new diamond company account otherwise headed by his boss.
As luck would have it these two have an instant attraction in a bar and so the games begin. Hudson is really good in my opinion at playing the obsessed girlfriend and there are some really funny scenes at his apartment where she brings over her teddies and potted plants and photos etc (all the things that scare boys, especially in the first stages of a relationship!) These two have worked together in other films with varying success but I think they have quite a good chemistry in this film, it's probably to do with their characters but you do believe that they generally love each other in the end.
According to an article I read the movie earned over $20 million in its first weekend. Its final gross totaled over $100 million in the U.S. and another $71 million overseas.
This is the perfect type of movie for girlie nights in with a glass of wine, total rom-com! Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson have fantastic chemistry in this funny film about taking the battle of the sexes to the extremes.
Benjamin Barry (McConaughey), desperate for his boss to let him take on a high-profile advertising account, wagers the job on the idea that he can make any woman fall in love with him. At the same time, Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) pitches an article idea to her boss- a dating guide of what not to do, revolving around Andie driving a man away in 10 days.
Thanks to a little meddling by Ben's scheming co-workers, the two cross paths and set each other as their targets. All-out hilarity then ensues as we see Andie turn into a clingy girlfriend of stalker proportions, and Ben trying his hardest not to run screaming in the opposite direction.
There is some great acting in this movie, and not just from the lead actors. Of course, Matthew McConaughey is as reliable as ever as the smooth-talking charmer, with plenty of witty lines and gratuitous topless shos thrown in for good measure. This is probably the flm that solidified Kate Hudson's position as a chick-flick favourite, with her mix of girly sweetness, sex appeal and dry wit showing that she is more than capable of taking over from mother Goldie Hawn as the darling of romantic comedies.
But for me, some of the best acting in the film comes from Kathryn Hahn, as Andie's unlucky-in-love best friend Michelle, as well as Bebe Neuwirth as Andie's shrewd boss Lana.
Overall, the movie has a good storyline, and the chemistry between the leads is great to see, reminiscent of Hollywood pairings of yesteryear. A top watch!
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a really funny romantic comedy made in 2003. It was directed by Donald Petrie who was also director of Miss Congeniality. The story is based on a short cartoon book of the same title written by Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long. The screenplay was written by Burr Steers. The classification of this film is 12 years and over. The running time is 116 minutes. For more details visit http://www.howtoloseaguymovie.com/ .
Kate Hudson - Andie Anderson
Matthew McConaughey - Benjamin Barry
Andie Anderson is the How to... girl of Composure magazine. She writes articles about how to get fit body, how to arrange your flat etc. Her dream is to write articles in more serious topics such as politics, environment, poverty, economics and religion.
Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and wants to work on the diamond project. Ben tells his boss and his rival co-workers that he can make any woman fall in love with him in 10 days. His co-workers the two Judy were at Composure Magazine and know about Andie's new assignment on losing a guy in 10 days by using the usual mistakes women can commit. They insist to choose Ben a girl from the bar. Naturally they chose Andie.
So Ben and Andie meet in the bar and neither Andie nor Ben reveal their true intentions about their relationship. Try to imagine what trick they play on each other! Can Ben make Andie fall in love with him? Can Andie lose Ben in 10 days? Both of them can't win this bet. Who will win?
It was long time ago I saw this film for the first time. Actually we have it on a DVD which was packed together with Failure to Launch so I could watch it again. It is the funniest comedy I have ever seen. I laughed out loud a lot of times. It is very original and the tricks the two leading actors play on each other are really so funny that I have stomach ache of laughing so much.
The chemistry works very well between Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. They are really brilliant actors and perfect match for the role. I can't imagine anyone else in these roles but them. They are really great and original.
Kate Hudson was nominated for several awards for this film. She usually acts similar characters to Andie in romantic comedies and she became brilliant. I really enjoyed her performance.
Matthew McConaughey had so many funny plots in this film and as a woman I really enjoyed the tricks Annie played on him. Sorry guys, but this is a real chick flick film.
The soundtrack of the film is quite natural the music follows the plot and is hardly noticeable except the scenes like when they are in the bar or they are listening to music in Ben's flat.
To sum up this is a chick flick film which is really funny and the actors' performance is simply brilliant.
Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) wants to write about world politics or the economy but she's stuck at Composure as the resident "How To" girl. After her friend Michelle is dumped, Andie agrees to write an article on how to lose a guy in 10 days. To do this, Andie will pick a guy to date and do all of the things you shouldn't do when dating a man.
Benjamin Barry (Matthew McCounaughey) is an advertising executive who wants nothing more than to be the best advert-maker around. A new account is landed by the firm to advertise diamonds and Ben wants that account. To do so, his boss (spurred on by Ben's rivals the Judy's) says that Ben has to make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days.
Ben's aforementioned co-workers pick Andie as the girl he has to make fall in love with him. Andie is thrilled - she has the man for her article and the two begin battle: Ben to make Andie fall in love with him and Andie to make Ben dump her.
As the two get to know each other, could they be heading for romance for real?
How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days is the ultimate in rom-coms. It is jam-packed with hilarious moments and the chemistry between Andie and Ben is obvious. Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson get on so so well - so well in fact, that they recently starred in another film together Fool's Gold.
The things Andie do to try and get Ben to dump her are beyond hilarious. From composing pictures of the two to see what their children would look like to make him think they're going to a Knicks game where she has court-side tickets and instead going to a Celine Dion concert, it's just a rollercoaster of a ride. Kate Hudson is perfect as Andie and plays the part really well, going from sane to insane within a matter of minutes. Matthew McConaughey is equally as good as Benjamin and I love how he puts up with Andie's mad antics.
The best part of the film for me was when Ben and Andie go to Staten Island to see Ben's parents. I loved the scenes there, with the whole family environment. It worked so well and for me, that was the turning point in Ben and Andie's relationship.
It really is one of the best rom-com/chick flicks and is really worth a watch. I was surprised to find it was 1hr and 45min long as the time flew by, definitely didn't feel like I was watching an almost 2hr film.
* Kate Hudson as Andie Anderson
* Matthew McConaughey as Benjamin Barry
* Kathryn Hahn as Michelle
* Annie Parisse as Jeannie
* Adam Goldberg as Tony
* Thomas Lennon as Thayer
* Michael Michele as Spears
* Shalom Harlow as Green
* Robert Klein as Phillip Warren
* Bebe Neuwirth as Lana Jang
Note: How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days was released in 2003.
Although they're not really my preferred genre of film to watch, there's something about the occasional romcom that makes me chuckle. It's not the plot, or the direction, or the music. It's the acting. To make me really like a romcom, there's got to be something special about the acting.
Here, in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey square up as two people trying to win a bet. The prizes for both are huge. She plays Andie, a reporter longing for her boss to let her write on a topic she wants to. She'll get her wish, but first she has to write an article on how to successfully lose a day in 10 days, by making him hate you. Her target? Ben Barry, played by McConaughey. However, Ben has his own little task: he must seduce a random woman of his opponents' choice successfully for 10 days, no matter what. The prize is the marketing campaign for the man who owns 70% of the world's diamonds. His target? Andie............
Straight away, the conflict of interests means that she will go to any length possible to put him off, yet despite everything, he'll do everything he can to keep her, and the real pull of the film is just how well the two leads play their parts. Hudson is supremely brilliant in this, the acting skills really good, and the film that reminds me the most of her mother, Goldie Hawn, who also had the ability to act the devious fool on a whim. The genes run strong here.
McConaughey is also fantastic as the bewildered guy torn between the deal of his career and his own pride and dignity. The confusion on his face is matched only by his charm/smarm throughout the film. They are both supported ably by the rest of the cast, who do a good job to loiter in the background for the majority of the film, letting these two do their job.
It's a really enjoyable film, and while I usually start watching any romcom with trepidation, this was one of the more enjoyable I have watched in a while. It entertained me throughout, and the comedy side of things was brilliant. There were some cheesy moments that I guess director Donald Petrie just couldn't help himself with, and were unnecessary, but other than this, it was a thoroughly entertaining couple of hours.
I caught the film on E4 last night, and it was well worth chilling in front of. You don't have to do much thinking to enjoy the film, it does all the hard work for you and presents it in a simple but funny script. Overall, I would recommend giving this a go. It's a bit silly, but really well acted and thoroughly entertaining. It's available on DVD from amazon.co.uk for £4.88.
Kate Hudson twinkles as the heroine of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. She's a magazine writer assigned to date a guy, make all the mistakes girls make that drive guys away (being clingy, talking in baby-talk and so on) and records the process like a sociological experiment. However, the guy she picks-- Matthew McConaughey--is an advertising executive who's just bet that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days; if he succeeds, he'll win a huge account that will make his career. The set-up is completely absurd, but the collision of their efforts to woo and repel creates some pretty funny scenes. McConaughey's easy charm and Hudson's lightweight impishness play well together and the plot, though strictly Hollywood formula, chugs along efficiently. At moments Hudson seems to channel her mother, Goldie Hawn, to slightly unnerving effect. --Bret Fetzer