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12 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

updated 9th April 2003
reviewer's rating
Three Stars
Reviewed by Nev Pierce


Director
Donald Petrie
Writers
Kristen Buckley
Brian Regan
Burr Steers
Stars
Matthew McConaughey
Kate Hudson
Adam Goldberg
Kathyrn Hahn
Michael Michele
Length
115 minutes
Distributor
UIP
Cinema
18th April 2003
Country
USA
Genres
Comedy
Romance
Web Links
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A frothy, sometimes stupid, sometimes sweet romantic comedy, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" coasts on the unlikely charm of its star leads - Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson.

McConaughey is Hollywood's perennial Next Big Thing - floating in the cinema purgatory between star name and 'proper' actor. Hudson, in contrast, has Tinseltown pedigree (of a sort), as the daughter of Goldie Hawn.

Critically adored - for some unfathomable reason - as the teenage groupie in Cameron Crowe's "Almost Famous", here she suggests she could at play, if not a proper adult, then at least a movie one.

She's the implausibly named Andie Anderson, a columnist on empty-headed women's magazine Composure.

Tired of writing about make-up and shopping, she wants to break political stories, but will only get the chance if she nails "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" - an article about driving a man away using 'classic' relationship faux pas.

Through reasons too boring to go into, she ends up stuck with advertising creative Ben Barry (McConaughey). But - ha, ha! - he has a bet going with his boss, that he can make a girl fall in love with him in - you guessed it - 10 days. Will he hook Andie, or can she scare him away?

The scene is set for classic rom-com scenarios, with characters constantly confounding their companions' expectations, and plenty of amusing observations about the pit - and prat - falls of the dating game.

Here the movie scores, with broad but effective jokes. Also, the gusto of Hudson impresses, as Andie feigns a series of unflattering, cringe-making characteristics.

Everything falls apart in the messy final third, but the star charisma just about carries you through, making this fun, funny, Chick Lit-style chortler an ideal date movie for the undemanding.







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