How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

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.

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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Naked (2017)

This is another film of repetition, of waking up on the same day over and over again. Except this is a film of waking up at the same hour over and over again. And there is a lot of repetition, the hour repeats itself multiple times, more than usual in a film like this, and to be honest this would probably be the downfall of the film. Because of this repetitive nature, the film feels extremely long when it’s only an hour and a half. In each repetitive cycle, there needs to be a new element to be discovered for a film like this to work, in some cycles this did happen and the film was more interesting and worked with the comedy, however there were too many cycles in which the same things happened. In some cases this worked, especially with the fighting scene, that added comedy and worked with the film, but some cases it just seemed like it dragged. Although on the whole, they did try to add new things, which was needed.

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This repetitive film is revolved around a wedding. One man trying to get to his wedding before those wedding bells ring, because once that happens back to the elevator he goes, landing naked on the floor. Why naked? Well that’s part of the mystery because he doesn’t remember the night before. I did like this element of the film, it felt like something needed to be resolved, although can’t say it came to much of a shock at who sabotaged our main protagonist. The groom of the wedding, Rob Anderson, is played by Marlon Wayans, someone probably very recognisable to people, from the ‘Scary Movie’ films or ‘White Chicks’. Then it comes to the wedding, bride Megan (Regina Hall), the judgemental father-in-law Reginald Swope (Dennis Haysbert), the best friend Benny (J.T. Jackson), the maid of honour Vicky (Eliza Coupe), and Megan’s ex-boyfriend Cody (Scott Foley). Will the groom ever make it to his wedding? How many times will he repeat the same hour and return to the elevator naked?

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This isn’t a serious film, some might consider this as a piss-take film, I don’t know if it was supposed to be, but that’s how it came across with the type of comedy. I don’t really understand how the repetitive cycle came about or how it would possibly end, because that makes no sense to me, it sort of just happened that he was suddenly trapped in it. Marlon Wayans does add to the comedy like he does in many of his films. It was far from the best film I’ve ever seen and far from the best repetitive film I’ve seen, I didn’t become that invested in the characters other than feeling the struggle for the groom. I can’t say I didn’t find some parts funny, because I did have a giggle, but thinking back it wasn’t hilarious. Overall, I think it tried a bit too hard.

It’s not a repetitive film I’d watch repeatedly. Sorry, rubbish pun…

New Year’s Eve (2011)

A film of multiple story lines, of multiple characters, just like ‘Love Actually’ or ‘Valentine’s Day’ (the latter being the same director – so very similar). The main difference between ‘Love Actually’ and ‘New Year’s Eve’, being that the former is British, the latter American, so the cast is very different, yet equally as great. Such as the classic Robert De Niro or Michelle Pfeiffer, or even Katherine Heigl and Jessica Biel. Like I said, many to recognise and throw yourself into the multiple story lines.

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I don’t know about you, but in films such as this one, I love to see connections between the very different plot lines. To see how they all connect, or their secret lives they hide and are revealed at the end. Which character is connected to who, which place will they meet up, do the storylines interlink with others, etc. I don’t know if it’s just me, but that’s what is great about this film. There are many different interlinks to keep you gripped, also just to uncover where all the stories are going. And alike to the others like this film, every story is completely different. Overall, the whole film revolves around New Year’s Eve, in particular in New York.

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Ok, so I think I should at least explain the different stories. Firstly, there’s the maternity ward competition of two pregnant women and their husbands. The story to this is the closest baby born to midnight wins $25,000, so there’s a competitive rivalry there. Then there’s the two stuck in the elevator, a girl who has got to be somewhere and a guy who hates New Year’s. Moving across the city to the offices is a woman who decides to take control of her life, finally wanting to complete her New Year’s Revolutions. In order to do this, she hires the delivery guy for the day to help her complete the list. There’s the chef’s and the organisation of the party of the year, in which a famous singer turns back to his ex-girlfriend. There’s a daughter desperate to live her own life, but a mother being a bit too protective. There’s a man stuck in traffic, in agony of whether he will go back to the woman he met last year. The first time watching this story is great, because the mystery on who the woman is is intriguing and great. There’s a sadder story, in which I guess there normally is in these films. This is a dying man in a hospital, a man who never asks for anything but the only thing he asks for he’s denied against hospital policy. And finally, the organisation of the New York Times Square ball drop, what everyone is waiting for. So many different stories, yet they all are great! There isn’t one I don’t like. This is what is so important for one of these films to be successful, every story has got to be intriguing and wanted to be watched and this is definitely there in this film.

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So if you’re still unsure, maybe the stardom of this film will intrigue you. So like I said before, there’s the brilliant Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katherine Heigl and Jessica Biel. But there are so many more! ‘Sex And The City’s Sarah Jessica Parker. ‘Catwoman’ Halle Berry. ‘Glee’s Lea Michele and ‘High School Musical’s Zac Efron. ‘That 70’s Show’ Ashton Kutcher. Bon Jovi’s lead singer. The strict father of ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ Larry Miller and head of security in ‘The Princess Diaries’ Hector Elizondo. ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’s Jake T. Austin, ‘American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson and ‘Charmed’ Alyssa Milano. There’s also the recognisable Josh Duhamel, Hilary Swank and Abigail Breslin. Then Seth Meyers, Ludacris, Til Schweiger, Sean O’Bryan and Sofia Vergara. And so so many more! A pretty great cast to say the least! And this definitely should be a factor in why you should watch it. Because of course they’re all amazing.

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If you haven’t noticed, I love this film and would definitely recommend it. The stories are great, the characters are great. There’s romance and comedy, there’s some sad parts, but overall it’s an enjoyable film. It’s also such a throwback to 2012 New Year’s, seems so long ago now!

Blended (2014)

The third Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore film. A different one, but definitely still a brilliant one, and of course it’s a romcom! From ‘The Wedding Singer’ to ‘50 First Dates’ to ‘Blended’, and you have to love this duo. They work excellently together and this film is no different. A film about a mother of two sons, Lauren, and father of three daughters, Jim. After an extremely unsuccessful first date they never want to see each other again, that’s until they end up going on the same romantic holiday to Africa.

So as I’ve stated, the film starts with an awful blind date, but of course that’s not the last they see of each other. This is definitely a film which covers many family or personal issues, such as growing up, first crushes, and death of a loved one; don’t worry it’s not so much of a sad film, but there are heart-warming moments, or just touching sad moments, which makes the film so different from the constant comedy of a romcom, but rather covers some hard issues and makes the film moving as well. But don’t fret this film is filled with comedy as well, it is hilarious, but you would expect that with the Sander-Barrymore duo. There are moments that are probably inappropriate for younger ages, well definitely are. But again this adds to the humour of the film it is.

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The film is based around the two families. Lauren, the single mother struggling with a crappy ex-husband and a crappy father, and her two sons, Brendan (Braxton Beckham) and Tyler (Kyle Red Silverstein). And the widowed father, Jim, struggling with raising daughters accidentally adapting them to be extremely boyish, Hilary (or Larry, as her father calls her) (played by Bella Thorne – ‘The Duff’), Espn (named after the sport network if you can believe) (Emma Fuhrmann) and Lou (Alyvia Alyn Lind). You can probably tell what happens in this film; the two boys struggle with a let-down of a father and the three girls struggle as females with no motherly figure. So when Lauren’s best friend, Jen (Wendi McLendon-Covey – ‘Bridesmaids’) cancels her romantic trip with her new boyfriend, she takes Jen’s ticket. Unknowingly Jim has taken Jen’s boyfriend’s ticket, who happens to be his boss. Therefore, off they all are, to Africa, Lauren and her sons, Jim and his daughters. No matter how much they try, they can’t avoid the week together.

I would definitely recommend this film, it is a cute, heart-warming, yet hilarious film and I love it! You have to appreciate that it has Terry Crews (‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘White Chicks’) in it as well, who appears from nowhere but always has a song ready, it is a comedic repetition in the film. There are some parts that are weird and so random, but it goes with the comedy and you just have to laugh. Brendan as a character in the film is slightly overdone, but nevertheless, the actors and actresses are great. Overall, I think it’s an excellent film (like I’ve already said), but really it’s different from other films and the common romcom.

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Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Do I need to say more?

Legally Blonde (2001)

Personally, I think this is one of the classic chickflicks, one of those cheesy feel-good romcoms. A film about a stereotypical ‘dumb blonde’ but she has a point to prove – that she shouldn’t be stereotyped, that her appearance is not all she has. Yes, she does start this mission because she wants to get her ex back, but nevertheless, Elle Woods joins Harvard Law School in the way just like any other student has and throws herself in the deep end to show she can be serious and clever. I do love this film, I love any romance comedies or chickflicks, it is a genre that is easy to watch and great way to spend time. ‘Legally Blonde’ is not any different.

There are of course predictable moments, but like I’ve said before, this is not a genre to be guessing what is going to happen next, and there is no problem with that, just don’t be expecting twists and turns. Although, there is one particular moment, and if you have seen this movie before you’ll know which part I mean, that is quite shocking and I always forget happens, but regardless of this you can probably guess the plot of the film quite accurately. Anyway, a film of its genre, it is filled with comedy, over-dramatic moments of course, and those classic cheesy moments that is expected in a chickflick.

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‘Legally Blonde’ does have many recognisable actors and actresses. Elle Wood is played by the brilliant Reese Witherspoon, her ex, Warner, is played by my favourite Alaric from ‘Vampire Diaries’ (Matthew Davis). Other students include Vivian Kensington (Selma Blair) and Emmett (Luke Wilson). There is also the appearance of Velma (Linda Cardellini) from ‘Scooby-Doo The Movie’, looking very different I have to add. There’s also Professor Callahan (Victor Garber – whose name might not be familiar, however many would recognise his face), and also the new friend of Elle’s, Paulette (Jennifer Coolidge – from ‘2 Broke Girls’, ‘American Pie’ and ‘A Cinderella Story’). So from this I conclude a good stardom in the film, which of course adds to the greatness of the film.

So as Elle struggles to come to grips with this new life, discovering it’s completely different from her fashion major or sorority presidency. She is completely stereotyped, therefore giving a moral to the film, one to believe in yourself but also not to stereotype those who could prove so much more than that single thought. The film is one that is just a feel-good film, a heart-warming film, mainly just one to get you routing for the main protagonist, Elle, so she can prove herself to those against her.

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As you can probably tell, I love this film. An easy watch to sit and enjoy. Not much attention is needed at all, but that doesn’t matter. I think it’s a great romcom, one definitely up there with the best. I think if you like films such as ‘Miss Congeniality’, ‘House Bunny’, ‘John Tucker Must Die’ or ‘Clueless’, I think you would appreciate this one too. It’s a different, yet easy plot, well made and enjoyable. Besides, along with Anna Faris and Alicia Silverstone, Reese Witherspoon plays the stereotypical dumb blonde excellently.

Warm Bodies (2013)

Well ‘Warm Bodies’ is definitely a romcom. A cheesy, love is everything, romcom. However, there is a twist to the traditional romcom. I mean, the slight twist that it’s a zombie that falls in love with a human, rather than the traditional human and human… But it’s only that humans are trained to dehumanise and shoot corpses in the head, and the corpses, well, they need to eat humans to survive and apparently, according to R (the main zombie protagonist), the brain is the best part. But they still find love…

After a zombie apocalypse, dead people roam the city. Separated by a wall, the humans, alive people, live the other side, terrified by what’s on the other side of the wall and trained to kill them. Basically, dead corpse and human meet, in difficult circumstances, but the corpse, R (Nicholas Hoult), saves the human, Julie (Teresa Palmer), and falls in love with her. Such an unfortunate circumstance, especially as Julie is trying to shoot his head off. To make things more difficult, R chooses the daughter of the biggest hater of zombies and the leader into killing them all; played brilliantly, of course, by John Malkovich.

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As the audience, we are more delved into the character R. This is predominantly because it is from his point of view. R is just one lonely dead corpse, yearning for human connection and to feel something again, he remembers nothing of his past life, but ties himself to any human thing he possibly can. There is a voice over narrative throughout the film, again this is from R. This is clever of the film as it explains his emotions and his life, especially as without the narration at the beginning the film would look rather odd, because the zombies can’t actually speak, so we would just watch zombies roaming around an old airport grunting occasionally; the narration is definitely needed to say the least. This also adds to the comedy of the film as R is a sarcastic character, who even takes the mick out of himself as if he was watching the film with us. This means we are more connected to R, and want him to get what he wants, even if he does go round eating people.

‘Warm Bodies’ is classed as a 12; there is the occasional swearing, and violent scenes, but between zombies and humans, so obviously, less realistic. There are also some jump scares, where bad zombies jump out and some scenes might be frightening for younger ages as they run away from human-eating zombies in dark abandoned warehouses. But I wouldn’t class it as a horror.

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If you like a good old romcom then this is a good one to choose. I really enjoy watching this film, I think it’s clever, not boring, and in scenes where not much is happening, the narrative makes it more comical and fun to watch. The actors and actresses are played brilliantly, so you don’t watch the film annoyed at the acting and become more involved into the plot. There’s a cheesy cute moral of the story that love cures, and alike to most romcoms it has a cute, soppy ending; without trying to spoil anything. I would definitely recommend this film, especially if you enjoy the more mystical and unrealistic love situations, so not a human based film. So if you do, give ‘Warm Bodies’ a watch, and find yourself routing for the dead corpse to get his girl.

Trainwreck (2015)

So personally this was a film not for me. I was quite deflated by the end, didn’t feel the essence of comedy and was quite confusing at times. Ok so maybe it’s meant to be a bit structurally confusing where everything is thrown everywhere at once, the film is called ‘Trainwreck’, maybe? For me, it didn’t work. The structure was so bizarre it felt like a film that didn’t have any flow, just a mish-mash of everything, but then again, that’s life right?

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Starred and written by Amy Schumer, she plays the main protagonist Amy (why not?). To be honest, I managed to guess the whole pattern of the start of the movie just from the trailer. A father telling his two daughters that love and marriage isn’t real, then jumps how many years ahead to the present, we follow Amy’s life for a while, strongly getting the message she sleeps with a lot of men, and one night stands at that, we also get her job and her family life – however, I didn’t realise the route of the family life from the trailer, that was a nice change of the significance of it, I do have to admit. Then the man is introduced, the man who changes everything, obviously. This is Aaron (Bill Hader). Sounds like a normal plot to any romance comedy right? Well I have to say the trailer looked better than the actual film. From then on the flow was completely confusing, jumping around I have no idea how much time. The idea of a narrator of Amy talking to the audience was supposed to clear things up, but she wasn’t there that much, she was needed more in the film to understand where we were.

The relationship, umm, well I wasn’t invested at all. I didn’t really understand Amy as a character, I couldn’t read what she was feeling, therefore I couldn’t connect with the film. This is obviously a major problem in any film. I couldn’t find many characters that I actually liked that much to be honest. The film was also a bit contradictory as well, it went back on itself, again back to the point that it was occasionally confusing. I didn’t understand the relationship between the two and I didn’t ever really know where they stood, it jumps around and I felt things weren’t built up properly. It was a relationship in which I didn’t care where they stood at the end of the film.

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This is definitely a film of older ages, there are many over the top sexual references, swearing, bums and sex scenes. A 15 for a good reason to say the least. These sexual references though are supposed to be the comedy of the film, for me it felt a bit forced and didn’t work right. But then again, I guess many would disagree when looking at the 85% from Rotten Tomatoes…

So if you hadn’t gathered, I wasn’t a fan. I guess there were parts of the film that I did enjoy, an occasional giggle, nothing I would say I would watch again. So no I wouldn’t recommend this film. But then I guess you have to have the right humour for this film and by the looks of it I clearly don’t. But if you think this would be a film for you, sure why not give it a go. Not that I’ve really sold it or anything however…

“From the guy who brought you Bridesmaids”. ‘Bridesmaids’ is so much better, that’s a film I love!