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World’s Worst Chick Flick Part 9: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

February 15, 2011

WARNING: I do not like this movie. This movie is one of the reasons I started this series, so if you are easily offended by someone who hates movies that you enjoy, I’d suggest you stop reading. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is about to get a verbal smackdown.

If I were the drinking game type of girl, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days would be perfect for such an activity. Every time I cringe from the stupidity of these characters, I’d take a shot of tequila. By the end of the movie I’d be completely sauced, but would probably be able to bear the plot with more ease. If I’m really lucky, I wouldn’t even remember the movie afterward.

Harsh? Yes. But I really don’t like this movie. Let’s talk plot first.

Kate Hudson plays Andie Anderson, who writes a “How to…” column for Composure magazine. After her sidekick friend ruins another relationship, she decides to make her next column about how to lose a guy in 10 days by doing all the stuff women do that drives men away.

At the same time, Matthew McConaughey’s character, Ben, is trying to land a big ad deal at work. In order to be chosen for the account over two women in his office, they all make a bet that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days. The bet is accepted.

Ben and Andie meet, hit it off, and the cringing begins. Andie reels him in with smiles and Knicks tickets and then when he’s firmly in her grasp she goes crazy. In the end they find out what the other person has been up to, they fight, they make up, they kiss on a bridge, and they take their love fern home. Love fern is an actual fern, not a nickname for something else.

When Andie writes the final story, she writes that she used “certain silly dating faux pas” to drive Ben away. Really Andie? Silly faux pas? I believe the adjective you meant to use was insane. We’re talking insane in the membrane. We’re talking things that would only be seen on an A&E special about mentally imbalanced people who hold world records for restraining orders.

Andie takes over his apartment with the help of stuffed animals and female bathroom paraphernalia. She leads him to believe they’re going to a Knicks game, and then takes him to a Celine Dion concert. She Photoshops a scrapbook of their future family on vacation.

These are “silly” things that women do? No, these are insane things that insane women do. And the only reason he puts up with it is to win a bet.

Once they find out what the other person is up to, they get angry and yell in front of everyone at a big party. Of course, the victims viewers know that they’re actually in love with each other. Because what’s not to love? They’re both beautiful, supposedly they’re both good at reading other people (we learn that from a game of BS they play), and um…yeah…why else do they like each other? Hmmm…oh right, they both like the Knicks.

Sold! You’ve convinced me Hollywood. Andie and Ben belong to each other. Forget the crazy and manipulative things they did to each other for the last 10 days because they are obviously a match made in some Hollywood writers heaven. If by heaven, you mean “some Hollywood executive’s office where they know women will pay to watch a movie with Matthew McConaughey.”

I will say one nice thing about this movie: Matthew McConaughey puts up with some seriously crazy stuff and is somewhat believable while doing so.

Alright, I’m done being nice. This movie reeks of everything I don’t like about chick flicks. Andie is manipulative. Ben is willing to use others to get ahead in his career. Andie’s best friend is a moron. (The sidekick friend is usually one of three things: a slut, a moron, or a bitter jerk.) Neither character is believable as a real human being and neither is likable.

Bottom line: I have no idea why these two would ever actually want to be together, other than the fact that they are attractive. Guess what, Andie and Ben: Beauty fades, and hopefully so will this movie—fade right into oblivion.

Conclusion: This was a really harsh review, so I’ll end on a happier note. Take a look at this before looking at the movie scale:

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2011 9:42 am

    I have to admit…I like this movie. I own this movie. But you’re right. Every word is right.

    But I still love it.

    I’m so ashamed. =)

    • dtdorrin permalink*
      February 16, 2011 10:19 am

      Haha…I think we all have those movies we like, even though we know they’re silly or stupid. Mine is basically anything with Amanda Bynes. 🙂

      • February 17, 2011 11:18 am

        The funny thing is that my very favorite movies are thinkers, drama, really moving pieces. I have a weakness for drivel like this something though.

  2. Paul permalink
    February 17, 2011 9:45 am

    I actually saw this one a long time ago, which I attribute to my father having no ability to judge the content of a film by its title (likewise, “City of Angels”).

    A portion of H-wood seems to have just thrown up its collective hands when it comes to giving a reason for the attraction between their romantic character couples. I think it’s because of the arms-race to create better relatable-but-“interesting” characters. The more sympathetic quirks have already been taken, so they reach for the reprehensible ones like being a cynical manipulator.

    • dtdorrin permalink*
      February 17, 2011 4:24 pm

      I think Hollywood has forgotten that although we like to use movies as an escape from reality, we also like to watch people with whom we can identify. Which is why movies like You’ve Got Mail and When Harry Met Sally are so popular. Those characters were normal and we could escape into their lives while also imagining our life turning out that way as well. Can’t really do that (or want to) with a lot of the fake characters in movies today.

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