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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)



Critic Consensus: Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson are charming together, but they can't overcome How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days' silly premise and predictable script.

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Two New Yorkers fight the battle of the sexes to a standstill (without entirely realizing it) in this romantic comedy. Andie (Kate Hudson) is a young journalist who longs to cover political stories, but in the meantime she finds herself writing for a women's magazine called Composure, where her editor Lana Jong (Bebe Neuwirth) has her writing a fluffy advice column. After hearing of the latest dating laments of her relationship-challenged friend Michelle (Kathryn Hahn), Andie sells Lana on the idea of writing a piece on the things women do to alienate the men they love, which she'll demonstrate by winning and then driving away a man in a mere ten days. Meanwhile, Ben (Matthew McConaughey) is an advertising man who wants to land a prestige diamond account at his firm. Ben is competing with his pals, Spears (Michael Michele) and Green (Shalom Harlow), for the assignment, so Ben tells his boss Phillip Warren (Robert Klein) that he's the man for the job because he understands the fair sex so well he can make any woman fall for him in less than two weeks. As fate would have it, Andie and Ben end up choosing one another for their mutual assignments, with neither knowing about each other's secret agenda as Ben strives to hold on to Andie while she does everything in her power to annoy him. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days was loosely based on the self-help book of the same name (subtitled The Universal Don't of Dating) written by Michele Alexander and Jeannie Long. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for some sex-related material)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Burr Steers, Brian Regan, Kristen Buckley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 1, 2003
Box Office: $105.8M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Kate Hudson
as Andie Anderson
Kathryn Hahn
as Michelle
Michael Michele
as Judy Spears
Shalom Harlow
as Judy Green
Robert Klein
as Phillip Warren
Celia Weston
as Glenda Barry
James Murtaugh
as Jack Barry
Archie MacGregor
as Uncle Arnold
John DiResta
as Joey Sr.
Scott Benes
as Joey Jr.
Zachary Benes
as Joey Jr.
Liliane Montevecchi
as Mrs. DeLauer
James Mainprize
as Mr. DeLauer
William Hill
as DeLauer Security
Georgia Craig
as Receptionist Candi
Tony Longo
as Sensitive Moviegoer
Warner Wolf
as Himself
Doug Murray (II)
as Mark Sawyer
Natalie Brown
as Mrs. Sawyer
Andrew Moodie
as Poker Pal Ronald
David Macniven
as Poker Pal Francis
Jeff Gruich
as Poker Pal Joe
William Duell
as Old Concession Worke...
Ross Gallo
as Young Concession Wor...
Gina Sorell
as Vegetarian Waitress
Diego Fuentes
as Kitchen Worker
Ingrid Hart
as Mullen's Hostess
Al Bernstein
as Party Waiter
Collin Barrett
as Orchestra
Bruce Farquhar
as Orchestra
Rod MacDonald
as Orchestra
Bob Reeves
as Orchestra
Gery Soles
as Orchestra
Jim Paris
as Orchestra
Frank Penny
as Orchestra
Robert Klein
as Phillip Warren
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Critic Reviews for How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (39)

More an exercise in how to lose an audience in 10 minutes.

Full Review… | March 6, 2003
New York Observer
Top Critic

Along with a terrible ending, there's also a numerous range of plot inconsistencies that insult the audiences intelligence.

Full Review… | March 25, 2014
Cinema Crazed

The biggest problem I had with this film was the set-up and premise. It works on paper, but most of the movie is spent with the characters being simply awful.

Full Review… | March 2, 2011
7M Pictures

Battle of the sexes romcom with mature content.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

A modest but bubbly comedy of manners. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | August 20, 2009
Groucho Reviews

...despite reservations about the goofy plot and the cocky characters, the movie proceeds pleasantly enough.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

Hudson and McConaughey have chemistry together but the plot is not exactly the best and basically falls short like in most rom-coms.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer


For the life of me, I can't even remember why I ever saw this in the first place, especially since I'm not big on this sort of thing to begin with.

This is a typical rom com that offers nothing really new, and is just one of a countless number of films that rehashes cliches, predictability, and fleeting entertainment.

The set up is that we get a woman journalist stuck writing a fluffy advice column who thinks she can write an article about the ways women alienate and drive away the men they love. She sets out to prove this by winning over then losing the heart of a man in a mere ten days.

Meanwhile, we get a businessman competing for an account who tells his boss he's the man for the job because he can understand what makes the fairer sex tick, and sets out to prove this by winning over a lady's heart in less than two weeks.

As you'd expect, these two people cross paths and target one another for their perspective projects...and the results end up going in a completely surprise free direction.

The thing is, I think the initial premise, while flawed, is actually kind of interesting, and in the hands of talented writers and directors, could be done extremely well. Woody Allen (for example) could probably have knocked this out of the park. Unfortunately that doesn't happen, and the result is just typical generic crap.

There's some laughs, but ultimately this is dull, not that funny, and rather forgettable. It sucks that they also got talented people to cash in and squander their abilities, but, considering my knowledge of film, I probably shouldn't be all that shocked.

If you have a thing for mediocre rom coms you'll probably like it. If not, I'd stick with something else.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Kate Hudson's smugface is really not my cuppa tea, but she is stunning in that gold number (and in those giant Ann Taylor Loft banners at the mall). The movie isn't as annoying as I remember, but much of it is Hudson doing embarrassing, stereotypical stuff. There's some real heart when Andie meets Ben's kooky but loveable family. Then the big reveal is kinda argumentative for no reason. Andie's all hurt that she was just a bet, but she was using Ben too, so it's just a ham-handed unraveling for dramatic purposes.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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