How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

DVL2LNLPra3XPO_lAfter seeing this movie, well, I wasn’t that impressed at all.  Advertising executive Benjamin Barry, played by Matthew McConaughey (A Time to Kill), in order to pitch a big diamond account, Ben has to make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. Of course the woman that is chosen is Andie Anderson, played by Kate Hudson (Almost Famous), who writes the “How To” beat for Composure magazine. Her friend has recently been dumped and she happens to be writing a column on “how to loose a guy in 10 days.” All of the humor is supposed to come from Ben trying to get a girl to fall in love while she is trying to get rid of him, both not wanting to give in.

I honestly didn’t see much comedy in it at all. To me the movie became very mean spirited and wasn’t very funny, especially with the Andie character.It did have a few cute moments, but not enough to save the film for me. Andie’s friend that got dumped was not in the film enough to care that much for the payoff with that character in the end. The climax of the film on the bridge is muddled up with a very cheap throwback line to a card game they were playing earlier.

As far as acting, I am sure you have seen Matthew McConaughey’s character a minimum of 3 ties before since this seems to be the only character he can play. I did think he had a better character than Kate Hudson, not her fault though. She seemed to play her part OK, it was what she was asked to do that I didn’t like. The one character I did like was Adam Goldberg’s (Saving Private Ryan) role of Tony. I wish he had a bigger part because there was potential to lighten the mood and make the “mean spirited” things a bit funnier.

Overall this is a film with a few funny parts, but really fails for me. My advice is to skip this one. There are so many other movies with the same theme and style done so much better.

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