The storyline setup here is a blast, pitting two ambitious, career oriented people to the test in a ten day bout full of hilarious ups and downs. The writing here is stellar (and it should be, it’s based on a novel), and there are just too many killer lines in this film to mention. Nearly all of Andie and Ben’s dialogue is gold, but the secret to that success is also due to their outstanding chemistry together. I’ve always been a (silent) fan of Matthew McConaughey (though I still get chills when I think about his involvement with THE RETURN OF THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE), and though people love to hate on her, I personally enjoy Kate Hudson (she rocked in THE SKELETON KEY).
Make no mistake, you know all too well how this story ends, but that’s OK, because not only is it a happy ending, it’s totally believable and you WANT it to happen. Every guy wants a “tomboy” chick who grows up and blooms into a full blown hottie, and what’s not to love about a hot chick who’s smart, driven and into the same kinds of things you are? And ladies, well, what woman doesn’t want an attractive, witty, top of his game man who’s willing to commit to the real deal? Sure, a pairing like this is one in a million (if not rarer), but these are the kinds of odds people wanna see at the movies. I can appreciate a flick like this, because it’s even more rare to see a romantic comedy get everything right.
HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS is a little bit of everything, presented in such a way that it can and will please everyone. Not an easy feat to accomplish. The only sad thing about this movie is how great Matthew and Kate are together. They were a little too great, and as a result got pigeon holed into the “romantic comedy” genre...indefinitely. Hell, they were even paired up again for the (not so stellar) FOOL’S GOLD. I enjoyed Hudson in BRIDE WARS and MY BEST FRIEND’S GIRL, but she can do so much better than simplistic genre fodder. And as far as McConaughey goes, he can do better than GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST (loved him in TROPIC THUNDER though). Bottom line, this flick is brilliant, one of the few films in which I wouldn’t change a thing, it represents the romantic comedy genre at it’s best.
How to Make a Movie in 2 Years: Authors Michelle Alexander and Jeannie Long give us an interview at their favorite sports bar “Big Wangs” (oh yeah, I’m serious). All I can say is, WOW. You really have to see and hear these two to believe it. Diet cokes and quarter pounders...nice.
Why the Sexes Battle: Evolutionary Expert Shanee Edwards and Dr. Aaron Kupreis give us a five minute “Men are from Mars Women are from Venus” speech. Riveting...but not really.
Girls Night Out: More from our two (scary) authors about men and being stalked after the movie came out. Somehow, I’m not buying it. These two chicks are sad.
Music Video- “Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban: An average video for an alright song, I’m just not that into country music.
Deleted Scenes: Almost ten minutes of footage (with optional commentary) that the director explains were stricken due length and conflict of interest. It’s a damn shame the models in lingerie didn’t make the cut, and the garage scene could’ve stayed too.
Extra Tidbit: The worst thing I ever had to endure to get a chick? Sit through the movie PURPLE RAIN. And I almost blew it by laughing when Prince’s dad bitch slaps him, sending him crashing to the floor whimpering like a little girl.