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How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days
Review by Ross Anthony

This film sticks like high heels in gravel coming out of the gate. But after the necessary unpleasantness are over (namely the contrived bet against bet) the stars are matched and the back and forth begins. She has an article to write for a girl magazine (the name of the film). He has a bet with his boss that he can work any woman to truly fall in love with him -- oh so surprisingly in those same ten days. Just exactly how that ought to land him the big advertisement client I'm not sure. Anyway, if you buy in (and even if you don't) the bulk of the film is actually quite entertaining, funny and well, cute.

I particularly enjoyed this line, "If I had a nickel for every time I got into a fist fight at a chick flick..." In total, I actually laughed out loud more than once.

But the film stumbles into its climax sloppily. After forgetting that earning my trust was difficult for the film, I was offended to have to do it again. But, admittedly, Kate & Matthew's silly dueling duet version of "You're So Vain" was funny. And the resolution that follows is sure to satisfactorily fulfill what you might expect.

Overall, the grade falls somewhere between a B and B+ (a B.5 as it were) - I'll round up.

  • How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. Copyright © 2003. PG-13.
  • Starring Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey, Bebe Neuwirth, Robert Klein, Kathryn Hahn, Annie Parisse, Adam Goldberg, Thomas Lennon, Michael Michele.
  • Directed by Donald Petrie.
  • Screenplay by Kristen Buckley, Brian Regan, Burr Steers.
  • Based on the book by Michele Alexander, Jeannie Long.
  • Produced by Lynda Obst, Robert Evans, Christine Peters at Paramount.

Grade..........................B+ (weak)

Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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