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How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

One of them is lying. So is the other. 

Year: 2002 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 (XWide) 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: The level of subtitling in this film is unknown to WSC 
Directed by Unknown 
Starring: Unknown  

Kate Hudson plays Andie Anderson, a columnist for a women’s magazine who wants to break political stories, but is instead compelled to report on make-up and shopping.  She is promised the chance to write about the stories she cares about if only she can nail “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” - an article about the things women do to alienate the men they love and drive them crazy. To research for her piece, she must find a guy and using ‘classic’ relationship faux pas, get him to dump her in a mere 10 days.

Her subject is Benjamin Barry (McConaughey), an advertising executive who, in an attempt to land a prestigious account at his firm, makes a bet (unknown to her) that he can make Andie fall in love with him in 10 days. Will he be able to make Andie fall head over heels? Or will she be able to scare him away? Ben tries to hold on to Andie while she does everything in her power to annoy him. You will find yourself laughing out loud at some of the cringe-making things she does to the poor guy. She is clingy and moves way too fast. She invades his weekly poker game with his buddies, tricks him into taking her to a Celine Dion concert and amongst other highly amusing things, digitally superimposes their faces to make a family photo album, complete with fantasy children.  It’s fair to say that in real life, most men would have run a mile as a result of Andie’s efforts after the first day, but given the goofy set-up, Ben is unrealistically understanding.

Hudson and McConaughey are well cast as the leads in this movie. They have an amazing chemistry and as they begin to really like each other, there are some engagingly sweet and romantic scenes.  Hudson twinkles as the delightful heroine of this film - she is beautiful and yet impish, while McConaughey easily charms completely as the handsome leading man, playing the kind of guy that most women would love to date.

The fact that this movie cleaned up at the boxoffice proves its appeal - it succeeds where most rom-coms fail, managing to be incredibly funny without being too cheesy, as well as being spinetinglingly romantic. If you’re only going to watch one romantic comedy this year, make sure that it is this one.

Julie Ngo

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Screenings of this film:

2003/2004 Autumn Term (35mm)
2003/2004 Autumn Term (35mm)
2003/2004 Autumn Term (35mm)