(Recommended by Julia)
Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey star in this romantic comedy. I couldn’t help but think of Kate’s mother every time she smiled, but Kate is not Goldie, and I also think Kate is a fine actress in her own right. I enjoyed her portrayal of Andie, a writer for a magazine along the lines of Cosmo, who is assigned to write “How To” articles.
After a friend suffers a bad breakup ostensibly due to doing every thing wrong with her man, Andie is assigned the task of writing an article called “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” a sort of cautionary tale to readers about what not to do in a new relationship. Andie’s task is to find a guy, reel him in, and then proceed to do everything wrong so he breaks up with her in less than 10 days.
Ben (Matthew McConaughey) works in an ad agency and desperately wants a choice marketing account selling diamonds. He is put up to a bet that he can get a woman to fall in love with him in 10 days, with the prize being the diamond account. Two scheming co-workers who know about Andie’s quest steer Ben in the direction of Andie, and the comedy takes off.
Andie does such outrageous things to Ben, and yet he doesn’t dump her! Anyone else would. He of course is intent on having Andie fall in love with him to get the diamond account. In the process of their game playing, they do fall in love. When it’s a romantic comedy, we know the ending will be sweet and happy, just not how they will get there.
I recommend this film as it moves along very quickly, and is laugh-out-loud funny. I found myself shaking my head at all the horrible things Andie was doing to Ben, and thought about how if all couples could ignore the weird things their mate does to annoy them, and focus on the things they can do to make themselves worthy of love from the other, there might be many fewer divorces.
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is rated PG-13 for some sex-related material.