Ahh what a great romcom, Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson, hilarious and beautiful. This film is a classic romcom of the 2000s, joining the brilliance of ‘She’s the Man’, ‘Miss Congeniality’ and ‘27 Dresses’, just a few that come to the top of my head. ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ is definitely an amazing romcom that shouldn’t be lost in the mass.
Alliteration names, Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) and Ben Barry (Matthew McConaughey) end up boosting their careers in ways they didn’t realise were so similar. When one of Andie’s best friends, Michelle (Kathryn Hahn), gets dumped again, Andie decides she will write about Michelle’s dating life in her ‘how to’ column at a fashion magazine. Andie uses Michelle’s flaws in relationships to create a dating in reverse article, a “what not to do”. Date a guy, and push him away in ten days. “How to lose a guy in ten days”. Meanwhile, Ben is bribed into a bet. The bet states: Ben’s mischievous co-workers can choose a girl in which Ben must make her fall in love with him in ten days, if he wins he gets the advertising pitch of his career… Diamonds.
So here we go, Andie and Ben are warped into a 10 day relationship. One wanting to end the relationship, the other wanting the exact opposite. Andie hilariously acts crazy, obsessive, needy and to be honest a little insane, planning to drive Ben the same way. She becomes the “one woman circus”. I have to admit, Andie is hilarious, she is great, although the extents she goes to does become a bit cringey, but it’s supposed to be! That’s why she’s doing it, definitely makes the audience cringe from time to time. Ben, however, is the perfect gentlemen, gets her the drink when she wants it, sends her a hundred white roses, cooks her a candlelit dinner, all the stereotypical chivalry acts. He tries as hard as he can to romance his woman, but slowly going out of his mind with her annoyance. Both Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey are played brilliantly, they are both amazing actors obviously, believable in their roles you completely fall into this movie head first. It’s also comical as both characters feel they are the most successful, as the audience is more in the know than those on screen. Because they both keep boasting “that’s how it’s done”.
If you haven’t seen this film and are a fan of the brilliant romcoms, definitely watch ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’! It is so great! It’s up there with one of the best. Great thing is it’s not a chickflick, so it’s not one of those cheesy films, it’s just a great romance comedy. With lots of romance and lots of comedy. Plus Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey!! We all know they are both brilliant.