How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)
July 8, 2023 9:43 AM - Subscribe

Benjamin Barry is an advertising executive and ladies' man who, to win a big campaign, bets that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days.

An advice columnist, Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson), tries pushing the boundaries of what she can write about in her new piece about how to get a man to leave you in 10 days. Her editor, Lana (Bebe Neuwirth), loves it, and Andie goes off to find a man she can use for the experiment. Enter executive Ben Berry (Matthew McConaughey), who is so confident in his romantic prowess that he thinks he can make any woman fall in love with him in 10 days. When Andie and Ben meet, their plans backfire.

Debbie Lynn Elias: so he hangs in there, giving the writers a chance to give us girls some wonderfully sweet and romantic scenes as this two-way con turns into a relationship and love that both try to deny. Unfortunately, the otherwise engaging script takes a wrong turn with the film’s climatic moments, taking two very likable characters, dummying them down and taking them out of character.

Emily Blunt: It's a screwball script well written, even if it's Quirky Romance Film 101. Sometimes that's just what you need - silly giggles at the movies. And thanks to a cast that embraces that silliness and delivers each scene in a delightfully commitment way, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is one of the cutest romantic comedies I've ever seen! Enjoy.

Ann Hornaday: Donald Petrie ("Miss Congeniality") directs "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" with little energy or ingenuity; the theme is rife with possibilities for observant, honest humor but he's content to settle for the broad and improbable every time. (The most egregious example is the movie's climactic scene, when Andie and Ben engage in a preposterous and painfully forced duet of "You're So Vain.")

posted by Carillon (8 comments total)
I was more or less forced to watch this movie a bunch as a kid. My father and sister are suckers for these movies that supposedly show the TRUE way men and women interact with each other, and all that gender essentialism means this was a prime target for him. Needless to say I don't have a ton of love for this film, and in reading old reviews there was a lot of reviewers even who talked about how men should really watch this to better understand women and their mind. It was very weird. I do think there's promise in the setu, the idea of two bets forcing the leads into each others arms is pretty good. But more than just the cliches I don't love to whole premise.
posted by Carillon at 9:46 AM on July 8 [1 favorite]

This is showing on the in-store TVs every time I go to DryBar.
posted by pxe2000 at 12:30 PM on July 8

Debbie Lynn Elias is such a pathetic film critic. Why not link to real film reviewers?
posted by Ideefixe at 8:04 PM on July 8 [1 favorite]

There's a lot of silliness, and some things to cringe at, but there are some genuinely sweet moments (like when they go to meet Ben's family). It's not an all-the-time rewatch for me, but I've probably seen it three times. I also think that there's a lot to be said for the fact that Andie is playing up these behaviors that really aren't in her nature for most of the film. I think there's a better movie in the multiverse that's 80% the same as this one but actually shows the humanity of the leads in a more fleshed-out way.
posted by Night_owl at 5:56 AM on July 9

Debbie Lynn Elias is such a pathetic film critic. Why not link to real film reviewers?

You could also link to other reviewers in the comments if you don't like the ones the OP chose.

Be the change you want to see in the world and all that...
posted by LizBoBiz at 6:00 AM on July 10 [4 favorites]

Debbie Lynn Elias is such a pathetic film critic. Why not link to real film reviewers?

I imagine the OP saw something in the pullquote they chose above that reflected their own experience of the movie.
posted by fairmettle at 9:51 AM on July 10 [2 favorites]

Carillon, for a "bets collide" set-up, I remember Jennifer Crusie's book Bet Me as being pretty good.
posted by joannemerriam at 9:57 AM on July 12 [1 favorite]

Why not link to real film reviewers?

If the only thing you can think to say about a post is to shit on the reviewers who were quoted, maybe that's a sign that you should skip saying anything.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:04 AM on July 31 [1 favorite]

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