How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

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Director: Donald Petrie

Cast: Donald Petrie, Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Goldberg

     
 

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Two New Yorkers fight the battle of the sexes to a standstill (without entirely realizing it) in this romantic comedy. Andie (Kate Hudson) is a young journalist who longs to cover political stories, but in the meantime she finds herself writing for a women's magazine called Composure, where her editor Lana Jong (Bebe Neuwirth) has her writing a fluffy advice…  See more details below

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Two New Yorkers fight the battle of the sexes to a standstill (without entirely realizing it) in this romantic comedy. Andie (Kate Hudson) is a young journalist who longs to cover political stories, but in the meantime she finds herself writing for a women's magazine called Composure, where her editor Lana Jong (Bebe Neuwirth) has her writing a fluffy advice column. After hearing of the latest dating laments of her relationship-challenged friend Michelle (Kathryn Hahn), Andie sells Lana on the idea of writing a piece on the things women do to alienate the men they love, which she'll demonstrate by winning and then driving away a man in a mere ten days. Meanwhile, Ben (Matthew McConaughey) is an advertising man who wants to land a prestige diamond account at his firm. Ben is competing with his pals, Spears (Michael Michele) and Green (Shalom Harlow), for the assignment, so Ben tells his boss Phillip Warren (Robert Klein) that he's the man for the job because he understands the fair sex so well he can make any woman fall for him in less than two weeks. As fate would have it, Andie and Ben end up choosing one another for their mutual assignments, with neither knowing about each other's secret agenda as Ben strives to hold on to Andie while she does everything in her power to annoy him. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days was loosely based on the self-help book of the same name (subtitled The Universal Don't of Dating) written by Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, based on a self-help book parody by Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long (which includes stick figure cartoons illustrating the mistakes women make), is a doggedly formulaic romantic comedy, buoyed by a few genuinely amusing scenes and the potent charisma of its two stars. Kate Hudson has a genuine comedic gift, somehow locating a real live person amid the crass conventions of her role, while Matthew McConaughey brings his roguish charm to full bear. As Andie (Hudson) thinks of new (and not particularly inventive) ways of tormenting Ben (McConaughey), her victim, director Donald Petrie (Miss Congeniality) keeps things relatively light and breezy, letting the actors do splendid work. The scene in which Andie comes up with a humiliating "pet name" for Ben's manhood is particularly well played. Kathryn Hahn and Annie Parisse are also very good as Andie's co-workers, named after the book's authors. Despite their efforts, and solid work from Adam Goldberg and Thomas Lennon as Ben's co-workers, the film isn't very convincing in portraying these peoples' work lives, which are pivotal to the fairly ludicrous plot that the filmmakers (including Burr Steers, the writer-director of Igby Goes Down, who gets a screenwriting credit here) have wrapped around the book's goofy relationship tips. There's also some unnecessary and embarrassing scatological humor (an incontinent dog and a flatulent uncle) thrown in. But the film is serviceable entertainment, just funny and romantic enough. Then, toward the end, it goes through the predictable motions, presumably set in stone for every Hollywood romantic comedy from the 1980s on, to wrap things up in the accustomed manner, befitting stick figures more than fully drawn characters.
San Francisco Chronicle
It's about as close to French farce as romantic comedies get, and the closer the better.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
UPC:
0032429100757
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Time:
1:55:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kate Hudson Andie Anderson
Matthew McConaughey Benjamin Barry
Adam Goldberg Tony
Michael Michele Spears
Shalom Harlow Green
Bebe Neuwirth Lana Jong
Robert Klein Phillip Warren
Kathryn Hahn Michelle
Thomas Lennon Thayer
Annie Parisse Jeannie
Tony Longo Sensitive Moviegoer
Celia Weston Glenda
James Mainprize Mr. DeLauer
Liliane Montevecchi Mrs. DeLauer

Technical Credits
Donald Petrie Director
John Bailey Cinematographer
Andrew S. Brown Casting
Kristen Buckley Screenwriter
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Jaro Dick Set Decoration/Design
Robert Evans Producer
Nicholas Evans Set Decoration/Design
James C. Feng Art Director
Douglas Ganton Sound/Sound Designer
Brandy Gordon Art Director
Elizabeth Joan Hooper Associate Producer
Gail Levin Casting
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Dana Millman-Dufine Musical Direction/Supervision
Debra Neil-Fisher Editor
David Newman Score Composer
Lynda Obst Producer
Karen Patch Costumes/Costume Designer
Christine Peters Producer
Robin Guthrie Prybil Associate Producer
Brian Regan Screenwriter
Ellen H. Schwartz Asst. Director
Burr Steers Screenwriter
Richard Vane Executive Producer
Evan Webber Set Decoration/Design

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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
AmorDeLibros More than 1 year ago
I really hate chick flicks. They're all exactly the same, nothing original, nothing innovative, and they all use exactly the same formula: girl meets guy, things go well, conflict begins, conflict gets worse, some funny stuff happens, some sensative stuff happens, guy and girl almost lose each other forever, guy and girl (surprise, surpise!) end up together. This is not the way the world works. However, despite it having the same formula, "How to..." is one of the two chick flicks I've ever liked. (The other being "13 going on 30.") It was funny, insightful, and really let the audience see how guys and girls think in terms of relationships. In short, it was very realistic - except the end, of course. (But who wants realism when they could have the happily ever after crap?) Kate Hudson made the show worth watching, she was beyond adorable and really made you laugh. I would recommend this to people who don't like chick flicks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How to Lose a guy in Ten Days is the best movie of the year. For weeks I told everyone this was the movie to see. It kept me laughing continuously with humor even the male population can enjoy. As an audience my girlfriends and I found ourselves comparing some of the things Andie puts Ben through to things we have done in our own relationships. For example at times I ask my boyfriend, ''What are you thinking about'' just as Andie did. Guys connect with Ben when he is trying to have a guys night and Andie intrudes.This adds more to the flick because viewers can associate their own lives with the film. The most humorous of all was the over-the-edge stunts she pulled such as; making a scrapbook of their future family after a mere few days of dating, buying him and their new dog matching outfits, and of course naming his manhood ''Princess Sophia''. Mathew McConaughey and Kate Hudson are a great on screen team. They are both beautiful people and tremendous actors.The writer keeps viewers wondering if it will all work out in the end. I laughed a lot, I cried a little, and bought the movie the first day it came out. The romance warms your heart and the laughter never stops. The story also follows Andie as a writer. This draws viewers into Kate Hudson's character, Andie. With a PG-13 rating, the movie is safe for almost the whole family. It is good, clean humor with a little language and no sex scenes.
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How to Lose a Guy in 10 days was one of the BEST movies I've seen in a long time. It had a little bit of everything...comedy, romance, and it was a great chick flick that even GUYS would like! Can't wait until it comes out on video because I'm going to buy it right away!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie! I want this DVD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its been the best romantic comedy I've seen since i don't know when. It's great and i recommend it to anyone who wants to enjoy thereself. It's amazing!!! Honestly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days was my favorite movie of all time.I liked the humor, the romance, and the way the friends knew about it, but they still would go along with everything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie for every women trying to find love or is in love. Kate Hudson looks beautiful! Mattew is sexier than ever!! I am going to buy this DVD TODAY!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love romantic comedies,see this movie. You'll laugh out loud!Also be sure to check out Kate Hudson in ''Alex and Emma''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW! I loved this movie! It was the best guy-chic flick! My husband loved it! If you have not seen it...SHAME ON YOU! Rent it! You will LOVE it!!!!
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
a really sweet romantic loving comedy i wonder how must a woman lose a guy in 10 days? i guess by driving him crazy with all the things a girl must do this is a cute comedy
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