How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

2003

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003)

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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, Rovi

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Cast

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 Worker
Ross Gallo
as Young Concession Worker
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
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Critic Reviews for How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (35)

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

Mar 6, 2003 | Full Review…
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Top Critic

Both lovers are duplicitous creeps -- in a perverse way they're made for each other.

Feb 14, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

When a chick flick goes wrong -- and this one hits a dead end in hell -- it's a wipeout.

Feb 13, 2003 | Rating: 1/4

This tortured premise to get them together and the things they go through, every minute of it just lies flat on the screen.

Feb 10, 2003

Isn't as bad as it looks.

Feb 7, 2003

Resorts to the kinds of cliches that were so yesterday two weeks ago.

Feb 7, 2003 | Full Review…

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
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

½

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
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

½

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
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is yet another awful romantic comedy. I thought the film had a promising start, but the film falls apart. Matthew McConaughey is a pretty good actor, but I think he's wrecking his career with all the bad rom-coms that he's starred in. He's just not romantic comedy material. This film is pretty sloppy in the way its comedic elements flowed. I laughed a few times, I'll admit, but after the credits roll, I realized that despite a promising start, this romantic comedy is simply just like the others, and it becomes predictable by the second half. One day I would like to see a romantic comedy that really differs from all the other ones, and doesn't use any predictable derivative cliché to create its "story". Though this film had a few funny bits, the film wasn't good, and in the end suffered the same fate as so many other romantic comedies. This is an awful film that is absolute misfire for a romantic comedy. The cast is terrible here and with a poor script, poor directing, it ensures that How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is a poorly made film with nothing to offer. A boring, predictable film with minor laughs doesn't do anything for the film, and the script is so bad that it just sinks this film even further. A poorly made film that just doesn't cut it. This film is garbage and everyone involved in this film should be ashamed of themselves. As far as scrapping the bottom of the barrel of clichéd ideas, this film hits the mark, and ends up being a terrible film in the process.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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