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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
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10.05.2004 By: JaneBlo
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days order
Director:
Donald Petrie

Actors:
Kate Hudson
Matthew McConaughey
Adam Goldberg

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Take one part girl who’s writing an article on getting a boyfriend and losing him in 10 days, and one equal part boy who’s made a bet to get a girlfriend and to make her fall madly in love with him in 10 days, mix it all together and what do you get? This sweet, funny and light-hearted romantic comedy starring two of today’s most attractive and talented actors. A definite date movie!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Sometimes when we like a movie, we can specifically describe what it was that made us like the movie so much, and yet at other times, we can’t really put our finger on the why’s, we just really like the movie and leave the theater happy! For me, HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS fell into the latter category, although once pondered, I realized the main reason why I really enjoyed it so much: I could relate to it. Relating to a certain subject matter makes it all the more funny to the viewer. The things that Andie (Hudson) does to turn off Ben (McConaughey) are things that I’ve either done myself (when I was much younger and stupider), or things that my girlfriends have done to their boyfriends. Relating makes a big difference in how we perceive the jokes that are presented.

The natural, on-screen chemistry between the two principal actors is also extremely palpable and makes each of them look all the better. This is the funniest role of Hudson's career and she pulls it off very well. At one point in the movie, her character Andie holds up a dead plant (the “love fern”) to Ben (Matthew), scrunches up her face all mad-like and tells him accusingly, “Our love fern, you killed it!!” She does this in front of all his poker buddies, by the way. Soooo embarrassing. Also, there is a wonderfully cute scene in which Andie dresses her tiny dog, herself and Ben in matching Burberry outfits...to his obvious dismay. There are also a number of hilarious scenes in which she acts like the perfect "Girlfriend from Hell". Mr. McConaughey is not too shabby himself, playing the part of a confident, sweet and funny charmer to the hilt, and it is truly amusing to watch him put up with her crap because of the bet that he made. The twist of fate that matches these two up is great and the consequences that follow are also hilarious. A great supporting cast doesn’t hurt this film either, such as Ben’s boss played by Robert Klein and Andie’s boss played by Bebe Neuwirth, as well as the two Judys (Michael Michele and Shalom Harlow). I personally believe that casting can make or break a film at times, and this film is a perfect example of one in which the casting was top-notch.

Overall, I believe this film flowed extremely well and kept me fully entertained with a fabulous cast and plenty of laughs. We also got some eye-candy including Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey, the two Judys, the diamonds and last but certainly not least, scenes of New York City, a city I really adore.
THE EXTRAS
The special features are all right, but I didn’t think they were that great.

Commentary by director Donald Petrie: Quite interesting, this commentary flowed well and didn't have many silences or boring facts. Overall, a great addition to the movie.

Mapping out the Perfect Movie: This includes a bunch of interviews with the cast and crew, including the location manager, the authors, the producers, the main actors and the director. Although not for everyone, this feature is highly entertaining and adds so much to understanding the workings of the movie production process and how this all comes together so well. Each interview is separated though, so you have to go back and click each one to watch it. A "play all" button would have been appreciated.

Deleted Scenes: There are five deleted scenes on this DVD and although none are particularly exciting, they're worth checking out one time if you really love the flick. Otherwise, skip it entirely.

Mapping out the Perfect Location: The location manager comes in to discuss the different sets used in the film as well as the location scouting. This section is interactive, so you have to click on the location you want to know more about. A very short feature, but interesting nonetheless.

Music Video: The video from the soundtrack performed by Keith Urban is entitled “Somebody Like You”. This is a country-style love song which I didn’t like, but then again, I don’t like the style of music or cheesy lyrics of love songs in general.

We also get trailers for films like TOMB RAIDER 2, THE CORE and a commercial for the upcoming INDIANA JONES DVD Collection. I loved the Lara Croft trailer, she rocks!
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I give this DVD a definite thumbs up...but note: I'm a girl...hehehe. It was not your typical brainless romantic comedy and had heart, had soul and had some brains too! If you like good humor and would like to spend a light but fun-filled time with two of today’s best (and best-looking) young actors entwined in a very entertaining plot, I suggest that you definitely pick up this DVD. Great re-watch value as well.
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