Grade B

 

Matthew McConaughey plays a single man who works in an advertising agency, hoping to helm a big account.  He makes a bet with his boss that he can make a woman fall in love with him in 10 days, and if he succeeds, he gets to handle the advertising for a big, diamond company.

Kate Hudson plays a single woman who writes fluff pieces for a magazine, hoping to get the opportunity to write serious articles.  She makes a bet with her boss that she can make a guy fall in love with her and then have him break up with her within 10 days after she deliberately does the things that would make any man run away.

It’s not long before McConaughey and Hudson meet at a party, and each makes the other their respective targets.  Hudson plays up her funny, witty, charming self, while McConaughey does everything that a woman expects from a good man.  Everything is great…for a day.  And then Hudson turns into a bipolar psycho, turning McConaughey’s world upside down.   He toughs it out, day by crazy day — but does he do it for the bet, or because he is falling in love with Hudson?

My most memorable, movie moment of “How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” is the scene when McConaughey goes into his bathroom and sees how his medicine cabinet is filled with feminine hygiene products, courtesy of Hudson.  The look of horror on his face is priceless!

“How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days” follows the tried and true formula of a rom/com and does it very well.  The romantic leads have great chemistry and look damned good together and are very likeable, the jokes are on point, the major plot points are interesting, and although the ending can be seen for miles it’s still an enjoyable ride to get there.

— M

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