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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.
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