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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This romantic comedy gets a solid presentation for this DVD release. This version of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days has been transferred to disc in a pan-and-scan edition, which trims the original widescreen image so that it will fit on a conventional television screen, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The disc also includes an alternateSee more details below

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This romantic comedy gets a solid presentation for this DVD release. This version of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days has been transferred to disc in a pan-and-scan edition, which trims the original widescreen image so that it will fit on a conventional television screen, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The disc also includes an alternate commentary track from director Donald Petrie, several deleted scenes, two short documentaries on the making of the film, and onscreen interviews with members of the cast and crew.

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:
07/01/2003
UPC:
0097360568141
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:55:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Director Donald Petrie; Mapping Out the Perfect Movie - Cast & Crew Interviews; 5 Deleted Scenes with Director's Commentary; Mapping Out the Perfect Location - featurette; Music Video - "Somebody Like You" by Keith Urban; Full screen version; English subtitles; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround

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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The "How To" Girl
2. Sneakers & Beer Division
3. A List of Dating Don'ts
4. Find the Guy
5. Dangling the Bait
6. Hook, Line & Sinker
7. The Game Begins
8. Chick Flick Marathon
9. A Woman's Touch
10. Princess Sophia
11. Krull the Warrior King
12. Our Family Album
13. Boy's Night
14. Couple's Therapy
15. Staten Island
16. Feels Like Home
17. Day 10
18. Does She or Doesn't She?
19. All Best Are Off
20. Andie's Article

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