“I lost the only guy I ever fell for”
Directed by Donald Petrie (Grumpy Old Men, Miss Congeniality), the movie looks great aesthetically with warm lighting and sharp cinematography while the charisma of leads Matthew McConaughey as Ben, an advertising executive, and Kate Hudson as Andie, a writer for a superficial magazine called Composure, hold the movie together to a certain extent.
Problems arise with the characters’ actions and behaviors plus a few embarrassingly awkward stereotypes, especially the elderly vendor in the basketball game sequence.
The movie sets up a special assignment were Ben and Andie coincidently must pursue each other for ulterior motives. It’s a large stretch, but movies can be fantastical and extraordinary, it’s just too bad the results aren’t very entertaining – only the lead actors are here.
Andie and Ben want to be taken seriously in their professional lives and both have matching personalities. You have to decide if you can watch two people who should be together constantly “con” each other so they can each their professional goals. They’re both playing each other, but learn to be honest and not superficial to display their true characteristics.
“You’ll do it because you’re a professional,” says Lana, Composure magazine’s editor Lana, played by Bebe Neuwirth (TVs Cheers). Ben’s boss, Phillip Warren, played by Robert Klein (Two Weeks Notice, TV’s The Good Wife), and Andie and Ben’s stereotypical best friends also decrease the probability that Andie and Ben will make a love connection.
These outside forces continue to hurt Ben and Andie’s true feelings, but once they learn to be honest and not superficial, Andie and Ben begin to display their true characteristics to each other.
You definitely will feel emotional throughout Andie and Ben’s “courtship” whether it’s good or bad. If it’s bad, a well-timed visit to see Ben’s family in the second half of the story might save some viewers from total disappointment.
How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days comes recommended with several reservations (*1/2 out of four stars) and rated PG-13 for sexually related material.
Copyright © Michael Siebenaler